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This ancient Egyptian obelisk stands on the River Thames at the Victoria Embankment close to the underground station, it is made of red granite and stands 21 metres high. It is inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs with a plaque to Erasmus Wilson at its base.
Amazing to see something that has been erected in london, the greatest city in the world and to be so old that everything that you can see around you just wouldn't have been there when this was originally constructed in Egypt
A marvel to see...More
As they say this is the oldest structure that has been man made in London and was a gift from Egypt to the UK and is totally unique and a must do visit when in the capital as you won't see anything like this anywhere...More
I walked right past this amazing piece of history without knowing what it was. Then I read up on it, discovered it's history and had to go back for a second look.
This is 1000 years older than Cleopatra and it took quite a journey...More
This is on my walk home from work and every day I can't help but stop and look. The inscriptions under one of the sphinxes explains that the holes in the base of the obelisk and one of the sphinxes was caused by German bombers...More
One of the more unusual monuments amongst many in London. Located on the banks of the Thames it's worth taking a walk to see the needle. Amazing piece of history flanked by two sphinxes. Free and accessible so you can get up and close.
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.