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In May 1998, a gold-leafed pyramid cap (pyramidion) was placed on top of this obelisk. Historians believe its original pyramidion was stolen in the 6th century B.C. by Assyrian or Persian invaders. When this obelisk was re-erected in 1833, experts urged the French authorities to restore the masterpiece to its original splendor by putting a pyramidion back on the pinnacle. But it was not until French President Jacques Chirac agreed in 1997 to back the 1.5 million franc (US$252,000) project as part of celebrations to mark Franco-Egyptian relations. The pyramidion is made with bronze and 23.5-carat gold leaf, 3.6-meter (12 feet) high. Laser rays are beamed at night so that it can be seen by all Parisians.
Cool story, but I've gotta' say something about your last comment there... wouldn't any 3 obeliscs make a triangle so long as they're not in a straight line? It's not even like Paris, New York and London make an equilateral triangle or anything... I think you're reading into this a bit much.