Note: This article is about the Egyptian unique building, which was introduced in the Warlords expansion. For the Obelisk from the original game see Monument.

Introduced in C4w
Unique Building for Egyptian Empire (Replaces Monument)
Cost[1]30 Hammer
Culture+1 Culture
Special Abilities

Obsolete with Calendar (only in C4w)

Obsolete with Astronomy (only in C4bts)



"An obelisk is an upright four-sided pillar that tapers to a point, usually placed to commemorate some important god, person or event. The earliest known obelisks are found in Egypt, which is believed to have invented the form. Obelisks were a prominent feature of Egyptian architecture, and two were generally placed at the entrance to Egyptian temples.

Cleopatra's Needles - the most famous Egyptian obelisks (which were later looted and relocated to various countries around the world) - were constructed of granite and stood over 20 meters in height. While much larger obelisks have since been built - at 167 meters the Washington Monument in the United States is the tallest obelisk in the world - the Egyptian obelisks were extremely impressive feats of architecture and engineering for their time."


"The Egyptian Obelisk, the Egyptian replacement for the Monument, provides its city with a small amount of culture and also allows the city to have 2 priest specialist."

Difference from Monument

It can turn 2 Citizens into Priest.


In the city screen press the following icon to start Obelisk construction:

Game versionButton
C4w and C4btsIcoObelisk

See also


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 20 Hammer, Epic: 45 Hammer, Marathon: 90 Hammer.
  2. This special ability affects in C4w and C4bts, but appears only in C4bts.