The Worlds Tallest Obelisk & The True Meaning Of The Obelisk
In future time, then may the pilgrim’s eye see here an obelisk point toward the sky…” — Anonymous poet
The above prediction was penned in the poem: “Ode to San Jacinto”, even before the Republic of Texas became the State of Texas. Today, the world’s tallest war memorial stands at San Jacinto, honoring all those who fought for Texas’ independence. Immediately after the battle, the land — then privately owned — commanded respect from all who walked on its soil. The Texas Veterans Association began planning a formal monument, and the state finally received funding to purchase the land in the 1890s.
After years of pushing by the Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, as well as help from President Roosevelt’s Secretary of Commerce Jesse H. Jones — a prominent Houstonian — its proponents raised enough money to build a fitting monument.
The monument’s design was the brainchild of architect Alfred C. Finn and engineer Robert J. Cummins, both Houstonians. Construction ran from 1936 to 1939. Its builder was the W. S. Bellows Construction Co. of Dallas and Houston. The impressive structure alone — apart from its historical significance — is worth a trip to San Jacinto Battleground. At 570 feet, this Texas giant is one of the finest examples of Moderne (Art Deco) architecture in the United States, and is recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
10 Most Amazing Obelisks in the World
1. Obelisk of Axum – Ethiopia
2. Obelisk of Srirangapatna – India
3. Vatican Obelisk – Vatican City
4. Obelisco de Buenos Aires – Argentina
5. Washington Monument – USA
6. Temple of Re-Atum Obelisk – Egypt
7. Cleopatra’s Needle – Paris
8. Luxor Obelisks – Egypt
9. Lateran Obelisk – Rome, Italy
10. Walled Obelisk – Istanbul, Turkey
The obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra, and during the brief religious reformation of Akhenaten was said to be a petrified ray of the Aten, the sundisk. … The Ancient Romans were strongly influenced by the obelisk form, to the extent that there are now more than twice as many obelisks standing in Rome as rem
The Egyptian obelisk which is now located at St. Peter’s Square is often called Vatican Obelisk. It is not known which Pharaoh has constructed it, but it is assumed that it was erected at Heliopolis around 2500 BC. Around 30 BC the obelisk was moved to Alexandria by Emperor Augustus and erected at the Julian Forum.
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