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Tahrir square obelisk adorned with four ram

Tahrir square obelisk adorned with four ram

Tahrir Square

  • Tahrir Square is considered to be one of the most famous squares in Egypt, and indeed in the whole world.

Egyptian obelisk 

  • The obelisk is one of the Egyptian symbols that shows the history of Egypt, which dates back to more than 5 thousand years.

It is strange that the squares of Cairo did not contain any obelisk ” this phrase was written by the American consul who called (Ben Field) in his book “The Present Egypt”, which published in 1899, where he expressed his astonishment at the absence of obelisks in the Egyptian squares, he suggested  that one of the  European cities such as Rome, which includes 13 Egyptian obelisks, to donat one of them to be placed in one of Cairo's squares.

The situation has changed and obelisks adorn a number of Egyptian squares nowadays,  most notably of them the obelisk of Ramses II in Tahrir Square.

Ramses II obelisk 

It is a pharaonic obelisk dating back to the reign of King Ramses II, and it was transferred from the archaeological area of ​​San El-Hajar in Sharkia Governorate.

  • The obelisk is about 19 meters high, and weighs about 90 tons, it was carved from pink granite stone.

The obelisk is distinguished by the beauty of its inscriptions depicting King Ramses II standing in front of a deity, in addition to carving on it many titles of King Ramses II on it.

Four Ram in Tahrir Square 

The obelisk of Tahrir Square is surrounded from 4 sides by 4 rams, they were transported from the Rams Road in Luxor.

  • The obelisk of Tahrir Square and the 4 rams which surrounded it were the first points that witnessed the procession of transporting the royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Civilization in Fustat.

The four statues in Tahrir Square are in good condition and have no scratches or smashing.

Tahrir Square development project

The of 4 ram statues which located in Tahrir Square, were brought from Luxor, which is adorned with hundreds of statues of rams, and what was transferred is not from those linking the Karnak and Luxor temples, but from those where located behind the facade of the Karnak Temple.

  • Each statue weighs 5 and a half tons, and represents the body of a lion and the head of a ram. The ram in the ancient Egyptian religion embodies the sacred god Amun, who was a symbol of fertility for the Pharaohs. 

Mentally unstable man attempts to destroy ram statue

The Egyptian police prevented a mentally ill person from smashing statues of rams in Tahrir Square with a hammer, as they arrested him, he was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of half a million pounds as a result of an attempt to sabotage a statue, while the ram was restored by the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities.


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