Pharaoh attributed to:
66-75ft – (143-160 tons).
97ft – (320-323 tons) – 7 months labour
82ft – (254 tons)
20.4m – 20.75m (120 tons)
20.4m high. (120 tons)
16.97m high. (110 tons)
The following obelisks were all once Egyptian. They are now located at significant sites around the world.
Pharaoh attributed to.
Tuthmosis III / IV
32.18m high (weight – 330 tons) (4m lost during 1587 restoration)
Nebkaure Amenemhat II ??
25.5m high, 320 tons
21.79m high, (230 tons)
19.6m high. (weight – 175 tons) (Bottom 10.4m lost – orig: 380-400 tons)
20.87m (69ft) high (weight 187+ tons)
21m (70ft) high (weight 193+ tons)
Place de Concorde,Paris.
Cleopatra’s needle, New York.
Lateran Obelisk, Vatican City.
Menhirs are found in all countries which abound in megalithic structures. In France over 1600 isolated examples have been recorded, of which about the half, and by far the most remarkable, are within the five departments which constitute Brittany. Over the rest of France they are generally small, and not to be compared in size to those of Brittany. At Lochmariaquer, Morbihan, is the largest menhir in the world. It was in the form of a smooth-sided Obelisk, but now lies on the ground broken into four fragments, the aggregate length of which amounts to 20.50 metres (about 67 ft.). It was made of granite foreign to the neighbourhood, and its weight, according to the most recent calculations, amounted to 347,53 1 kilogrammes, or 342 tons (L’Homme, 188 5, p. 1 93). The next largest menhir is at Plesidy (Cotes-du-Nord)), measuring about 37 ft. in height. Then follows a list of sixty-seven gradually diminishing to 16 ft. in height of which the first ten (all above 26 ft.) are in Brittany. As regards form these menhirs vary greatly. Some are cylindrical, as the well-known Pierre de champ-Dolent at Dol (height 30 ft.), and that of Cadiou in Finistere (28 ft.); while that of Penmarch (26 ft.) takes the shape of a partially expanded fan. A menhir of quartz at Medreac (Ille-et-Vilaine) stands 162 ft. high in the form of a rectangular pillar ‘indubitablement taille’. (3)
The missing stones: The original monument was constructed at around 4,000BC. It was destroyed around a thousand years later and the stones were re-used for new constructions in the area. It is suspected that the cap-stones for the Table-des-Marchands, Gavr’inis and Er-Lannic tumulii are all parts of one of the original menhirs from the construction.
The Kergadiou Menhirs:The Spectacular Kergadiou Menhirs (8.75m and 11m)
The Rudstone Monument - At 7.8m high,this is the largest standing-stone in England. The Rudstone complex includes several important prehistoric landscape features such asCursus’ and beacon hills, both landscape features traditionally associated with astronomy.
Clach-an-Trushal – The largest standing stone in Scotland. At over 6m tall this stone has no historical context, although it is believed that there may have once been other structures at the site.