I saw this yesterday on BillionGraves: https://blog.billiongraves.com/3-amazing-gravestone-obelisks/. Much longer article in the link. I thought this was a good Tombstones Tuesdays choice.
3 AMAZING GRAVESTONE OBELISKS
BillionGraves, November 9, 2020 14 min read
Gravestone obelisks have been one of the most popular types of cemetery memorial stones since the mid-1800s. In fact, it is difficult to find a cemetery from that time period without one.
Obelisks, defined as upright four-sided pillars that gradually taper off at the top into a pyramid shape, originated in Egypt. Many were capped with real gold to reflect the sun.
Ancient Egyptian obelisks, shaped like rays of sunshine, were a symbol of the sun god Re who had the power of creation. Thus, obelisks in modern cemeteries represent God or the great creator.
In 300 BC, Euclid, the Greek mathematician who is considered to be the father of geometry, explained the usefulness of an obelisk. He taught that the moment the sun reaches its zenith at high noon, the obelisk points directly north. And the midway point between the long shadow and the short shadow marks the equinox.
Napoleon and Gravestone Obelisks
It is easy to find obelisks at the cemetery but how did this very Egyptian symbol make its way into cemeteries around the world?
Gravestone obelisks became popular for many reasons. They are associated with ancient greatness. They can be used in relatively small spaces. And they are less expensive than other types of large monuments, while still being very majestic. But there is more to it than that.
Amazing Gravestone Obelisks – #1
You might think the tallest gravestone obelisk in a cemetery would belong to a government or military leader. Or perhaps a Hollywood movie star. But the honor actually goes to a dentist.
The dentist is Dr. Thomas W. Evans, who passed away in 1897, and his towering obelisk is located at Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Amazing Gravestone Obelisks – #2
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Final Note
The music of Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist and composer, is some of the most performed music in the world.
Amazing Gravestone Obelisks – #3
Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President, led the country through some of its darkest hours of the American Civil War. His final resting place is marked by one of the most dramatic gravestone obelisks.
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