In the framework of the Aksum Obelisk reinstallation project funded by Italy, the second block of the Aksum Obelisk was successfully installed on 25 July 2008.
The first phase of the re-installation works of the Aksum Obelisk, also known as Stele 2, in its original location at the World Heritage site in Aksum, Ethiopia was completed on 12 June 2008. The first and second of three blocks of the stele, which stands 24.3 metres high and weighs 152 tons, have been successfully and smoothly mounted.
Placement of the third and final block will begin 30 July and be completed around 5 August.
The inauguration ceremony will take place in September 2008. Photos and a press kit are available for more detailed information.