An obelisk (frae Greek ὀβελίσκος - obeliskos,[1] diminutive o ὀβελός - obelos, "spit, nail, pyntit pillar"[2]) is a taw, fower-sidit, nairae taperin monument which ends in a pyramid-lik shape at the tap. Lik Egyptian pyramids, whose shape is thoucht tae be representative o the descendin rays o the sun, an obelisk is said tae resemble a petrified ray o the sun-disk. A pair o obelisks uisually stuid in front o a pylon. Auncient obelisks wur eften monolithic, whauras maist modren obelisks are made o several stanes an can hae interior spaces.

Ane o the twa Luxor obelisks in the Place de la Concorde in Paris; a reid granite monolithic column, 23 metres (75 ft) heich, includingthe base, which wechts ower 250 metric tons (280 short tons).

The term stele is generally uised for ither monumental staundin inscribit sculptit stanes.