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Egypt in Paris – the Secrets of Black Earth

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Egypt Paris Luxor Black Earth The ancient secrets of Egypt fascinated the West from the times immemorial though till the times of Napoleon wars only rare Europeans could boast to step onto that sacred and mysterious land. The French soldiers who rushed to attack the country of pyramids caused incredible damages to the Great Sphinx and stole various artifacts, relics and mere trinkets to have the typical European features.

France appeared to be mystically concerned in Egypt to some extent. The first items of Egyptian culture and history arrived in Europe through the Frenchmen. Jean-François Champollion, the first scholar who managed to read out the Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1822 was the Frenchman also, and the Louver has the richest collection of Egyptian items. Yet, Napoléon Bonaparte wrote the thesis about Europe and the close relationship between France and Egypt are obvious. On the top of it, the legendary Obelisk of Luxor is situated on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

By the way, the roots of obelisk appearance in Europe again date back to Egypt. The Egyptians were the people who traditionally would set the columns at the entrance to temples as if striving for sun and each side of columns was decorated with pictures or hieroglyph. Frequently, the roof-shaped cover of the obelisk was performed in the same way as that of the Obelisk of Luxor as the ridge-roofed pyramid decorated with the alloy of gold and silver (electrum). Previously the Temple of Luxor was the central temple for Amon-Ra and the obelisks symbolizing the Sun were the subject of worship. In the XVIII - XIX centuries the obelisks a la Египет became trendy in Europe and the similar stelas appeared on the squares of European countries.


Amon-Ra on the Place de la Concorde

In the year 1830 the Egyptian viceroy Mukhamed Ali gifted France the valuable present, one of the two obelisks set in the Temple of Luxor. Though, the present was gifted on ex-storehouse conditions, meaning that France should have arranged the delivery of the obelisk to the Seine banks. The gift appeared to be of 22,5m in height and it weighed 227 tons. And they should have delivered the obelisk safe as the ancient relic.

A special steamship was constructed to deliver the obelisk on the Toulon shipyard which was merely called Luxor. But later it appeared that obelisk is buried under the sand to dig it out carefully to avoid damaging. And only in 1831 the column was delivered to France and mounted in 1836 on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The footstall of the obelisk was equipped with engraved plates in the best Egyptian traditions which tell in details about the transportation history to the new place and mounting on the place.

Paris returned the Egyptian relics

Yes, but the Obselisk of Luxor is the gift. Though, five particles with the wall paintings from the pharaoh tombs that were located in Louver till the recent times were not presented by anyone to anybody. They were simply stolen from the burial closest to the Temple of Luxor.

It is stated that the Louver and the employees never stole a thing. The Museum acquired the abovementioned artifacts on the honest conditions. Four of them were purchased from the French Gallery Maspero in 2000 and the fifth was bought at the French auction in 2003.

Nevertheless, the Egyptian government stated that the said relics were taken from their country illegally and is subject to be returned. Furthermore, the Department of Ancient Items of Egypt announced on breakup of relations with the Louver. The Museum was accused of concealing the stolen relics. The conflict was loud though thirty five members of the Special Committee that executes the control over the national museum collections of France by a solid vote approved return of artifacts to their place and Louver, by the way, was not able to take such action without permit of the Special Committee. So, Paris was able to enjoy the Egyptian relics for the shortest time only and they returned to the mother place in the early December. The President for France announced that the government was proud with its commitment to the struggle with illegal trade in works of art.

Yet, this is not about Germany the government of which absolutely refused to return the bust of Nefertiti in spite of the reiterated and public requirements by the Egyptian government to do that.

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Pyramid in Paris

Though five relics belonging to Egypt were returned back to the country, including periodical smaller gifts of France to Egypt, there are still plenty of Egyptian artifacts on the bank shore of the Seine to consider and believe that France is the owner of the widest and richest collection in the sphere of Egyptology. Various exhibitions devoted to Egypt are regularly held in Paris which arouses the world concern and attention. By the way, the concern in such exhibitions is much deeper than similar events held in Egypt.

Therefore, if you are stricken with the idea to visit Egypt and see the mysterious and grandiose relics of the country, the Egypt of Pharaohs, great and majestic, you think of arriving in Paris, France. The doors of the Lover are open for the wide public and you are welcome to enjoy the secrets and magic of the Black Earth.

Though, the Great Pyramids is the essential heritage of Egypt. Nevertheless, since 1989 Paris may also boast with its own pyramid mounted in the court of Napoleon. This pyramid is the entry into the Louver as fairly noteworthy symbolism: as the chain of secrecy and mystery of the past is opened by the Great Pyramids and in Paris the pyramid is the threshold to learn about relics and ancient artifacts.

The mother of the French pyramid appeared to be the Pyramid of Cheops. Though, in the Crystal city the stone massifs would not be appropriate and another miracle of the French capital is made from glass.

From the point of view of esotericism it does not matter, whether the pyramid is built from glass or stone, the energetic characteristics of two of them are similar. And if the Egyptian pyramids served as the energy concentrators, the French pyramid can also deal with this objective.

The height of the glass pyramid is 21,65m and it is 35m at the foundation. This structure is monumental from all points of view and is constructed in the best traditions of Ancient Greece.

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