Putting Axum Obelisk together again

The obelisk is one of seven 80-foot high basalt monoliths erected in the Ethiopian city of Axum to celebrate their adoption of Christianity in the 4th c. A.D.

Mussolini stole it in 1937 and erected it near the Circus Maximus to celebrate his 15th anniversary in power, and although Italy signed a UN treaty in 1947 promising to return the monument, many successive Italian governments had something better to do until 2005.

But even when Italy did get around to it 50 years late, the obelisk’s return to Axum would not be an easy one. They had to cut it into three pieces and commission a specially-built cargo plane to ship them one at a time.

Then once the eagles finally landed, the Ethiopian authorities had to figure out how to put them together and restore the obelisk to its former glory as a royal grave marker without damaging the grave it marks.

Now, at long last, the moment has come. By the end of June, the obelisk should be back in its place.

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Comment by Dina
2008-06-05 04:26:34

Glad they got that beautiful obelisk back from Il duce, that ganif.
Do you reckon the Ethiopian monk in Axum really has the Ark of the Covenant?

Comment by livius drusus
2008-06-08 07:52:28

Oh, for sure. If it weren’t the real deal, it would have been stolen and the thieves’ faces melted off already.

:skull:

Comment by Dina
2008-06-09 07:06:33

:giggle: That was a comment answer worth waiting for!

Comment by livius drusus
2008-06-09 07:18:45

:boogie:

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Comment by Dina
2008-06-11 14:27:18

What words of wisdom from you did I miss above, where it says comments won’t nest? :cry:

Comment by Dina
2008-06-11 14:29:12

Oh, oh, now I see. The emoticon is the message.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-06-11 14:30:19

Yes! It was just warning you any further replies wouldn’t be nested.

:chicken:

 
 
 
Comment by TENAGNE FISEHA
2014-07-21 00:36:50

Aumu obelisk is important for Ethiopia Tourism .

 
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