I am both fascinated and intrigued by ancient Egyptian obelisk, and my eventual goal is to see them all in person. On our last trip to London, I was able to visit the great British Museum and see the Nectanebo II obelisks. The Obelisks of Nectanebo II are a pair of black silk-stone Ancient Egyptian obelisks that are on display within the great court of the British Museum. These are actually only large fragments, approximately half of the original obelisks. Another large fragment from one of these can be found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The obelisks originally stood on either side of the entrance to a temple located in the ancient city of Hermopolis (modern Al-Ashmunayn), Egypt. All four sides of both obelisks are inscribed with hieroglyphs recording their dedication to the Egyptian God Thoth. During Napoleon's 1798 expedition to Egypt, the obelisks were transported to Alexandria by the French forces with the intent of shipping them to France and being exhibiting at the Louvre. Instead, after the defeat of the French forces by the British, they were confiscated and transported to England and ended up in the British Museum. There are only 29 known ancient Egyptian obelisks in the world. Throughout time Egypt has only retained 8 of the obelisks with Italy, part of the old Roman Empire, having 11, England 4 (for some reason the pair of Nectanebo II obelisks are only officially counted as 1), and the others are scattered throughout Europe with 1 being in the US. Most are much larger than the Nectanebo II obelisks and are displayed outside in prominent piazzas or squares, rather than inside museums. Other than the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the British Museum houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities (with over 100,000 pieces). Many of the Egyptian artifacts found in the British Museum and other museums across the world were looted or acquired under dubious circumstances during the colonial period. Even though many of the artifacts may have been rightfully bought, Egypt is beginning to request that the artifacts be returned because of the belief that the artifacts belong to the country they came from.