Whenever I think of an Obelisk I always think of Asterisk and Obelisk, but these ten monuments and structures are not wearing blue and white stripy pants, they are amazing constructions that sadly often go unnoticed. That was until now…
Ten of the Worlds Tallest Obelisks and Where to Find Them
10 – Wellington Monument, Ireland – (Pinnacle Height: 62 m – 206 ft)
Its real name is the ‘Leacht Wellington’ which translates as ‘The Wellington Testimonial’ and of course this is the largest and tallest obelisk in Europe because it is the only one from Europe on this list!
9 – Bunker Hill Monument, United States – (Pinnacle Height: 67 m – 221 ft)
Built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill you can go inside of this one if you fancy it, but be warned there are 294 steps to the top.
8 – Capas National Shrine, Philippines – (Pinnacle Height: 70 m – 230 ft)
Built as a memorial to Allied soldiers who died at Camp O’Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March in WW2 it is surrounded by three black marble walls engraved with the names of all the Filipinos who are known to have died.
7 – Bennington Battle Monument, United States – (Pinnacle Height: 93 m – 306 ft)
Built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War it is constructed of Sandy Hill Dolomite which is a bblue-grey magnesian limestone which is said to contain numerous fossils.
6 – Jefferson Davis Monument, United States – (Pinnacle Height: 107 m – 351 ft)
Located in the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site it is made of concrete and was built to commemorate the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America.
5 – Victory Obelisk, Russia – (Pinnacle Height: 142 m – 465 ft)
Located in Vosstaniya Square, Saint Petersburg it was built to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Red Army‘s victory in the German-Soviet War.
4 – Washington Monument, United States – (Pinnacle Height: 169 m – 555 ft)
Built to commemorate George Washington is this marble and granite obelisk that gets over 650,000 visitors each and every year. I’m not sure they are all there just to see the obelisk, but they probably still photograph it.
3 – Juche Tower, North Korea – (Pinnacle Height: 170 m – 560 ft)
Named after the ideology of ‘Juche’ it is located right in the centre of Pyongyang and was built to commemorate Kim Il-sung’s 70th birthday.
2 – San Jacinto Monument, United States – (Pinnacle Height: 173 m – 567 ft)
Finished with a 220-ton star it was built to commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto which was a very decisive battle of the Texas Revolution.
1 – Trylon and Perisphere, United States – (Pinnacle Height: 190 m – 620 ft)
This stunning modernistic monument was at its time the worlds tallest Obelisk but has since pulled down. But it doesn’t matter when it was built, or when it was pulled down it’s still the winner of this list.