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Some pictures by Cornelis de Bruijn
Obelisk in Alexandria. De Bruijn was in Alexandria in the beginning of June 1681.
This obelisk dates from 1468 BC and stood originally, together with a like one, in Heliopolis. In 10 BC the emperor
Augustus had them transported to Alexandria and erected before the temple of Julius Caesar, the Caesarium. In the last century
both obelisks were transported to the western world. The one to London where it was set up on the embankment of the Thames;
the other - the one depicted here - to New York where it got a place in Central Park.
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