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The Grand Egyptian Museum to Host World's First-Ever Hanging Obelisk

The Grand Egyptian Museum - whose opening has been delayed to 2021 - will feature a world's first in the form of a hanging obelisk, set on a four-legged base at the museum's entrance.

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Shocking absolutely everyone, the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum has been pushed to 2021 because of the pandemic. But that gives the largest museum dedicated to a single civilization more time to add to their 50,000 artefacts, and this time they're taking it to another level with the world's first-ever hanging obelisk. No hung jokes, please.

The ancient obelisk itself - which features a cartridge containing King Ramses II's name - has been restored by the Grand Egyptian Museum, and will placed on a newly-constructed four-legged base. Planned to be set at the front of the museum, visitors will be able to walk underneath the base and stare up at the obelisk, giving them a rare opportunity to see one of these structures from every angle. The word 'Egypt' will be engraved all over the obelisk's four-legged base in nearly every language in the world, to serve as a symbol of hospitality for visitors from all over the globe.

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