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Google Earth Plug-in: Obelisk, Heliopolis

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This is the oldest surviving giant obelisk. It was erected in 1942 B.C. at the entrance of a sun god temple in Heliopolis by Sesostris I of the Twelfth Dynasty to mark the 30th year of his reign. Once part of a pair, its companion is thought to have toppled sometime in the 12th century A.D.

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