CHAPTER 10

STEEPLES AND PYRAMIDIONS

Did you ever stop to think why there's a spire or a steeple on a church?



Here's another modern steeple:



You don't need a pointed spire for a bell tower, in fact the shape doesn't fit. It appears that this is a Christian borrowing from the ancient experience with obelisks. If not, why did a Pope in 1585 AD have an obelisk brought to Rome from Egypt and erected in St Peter's Square? (chapter 2).

Roman and Orthodox Catholic churches in particular still sometimes gild their steeples (but probably not with real gold), that then look like the precious metal covering ancient Egyptian pyramidions on top of the obelisks:



This one is in Kiev, in the Ukraine. And here's the lower half, in case you were wondering:



Five thousand years later, in the 20th century in North America, upscale buildings sometimes had imitation pyramidions to make them look more impressive:



This housed a bank branch. But the influence of the power of the obelisk doesn't stop there.

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