Cleopatra's Needle
Cleopatra's Needle
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The area
Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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.
How to get there
  • Embankment • 3 min walk
  • Charing Cross • 7 min walk

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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,804 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
This obelisk is originally from Alexandria, Egypt and is right by the River Thames near the Embankment station. It was a quick stop for us but interesting because we are into Egyptian history and the signage explains how the obelisk got there, how long it has been there and how the damage occurred during the war.

This is near the Victoria Embankment Garden and not too far from the theater area, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and a number of other attractions in London.
Written 1 July 2024
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Nothing really impressive. Neither very tall, nor very massive, nor with special decorations. I don't think you need to look for it specifically. If you have a way through the area, yes. Otherwise I don't think it's worth it.
Written 25 June 2024
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ATraveller363
Hampshire, UK186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Situated between Golden Jubilee/Hungerford and Waterloo Bridges. An amazing bit of Egyptian history. There's lots of these Obelisks around the world, most major European Cities have at least one, thankfully the biggest and best are still in Egypt. This one is part of a pair from Alexandria with the other in New York. Over 3000 years old this still looks good despite 150 years by the Thames.
Written 18 June 2024
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A historic waterfront landmark along the Thames River, it's hard to walk by Cleopatra's Needle without stopping. Transported from Egypt to London in 1877, this ancient obelisk had been given to England by Egypt in commemoration of Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and Sir Ralph Abercromby’s victory at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801. Guarding the obelisk are two beautiful bronze sphinxes cast in 1991.
Written 5 June 2024
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Robin Drinkall - Europe
Frederiksberg, Denmark489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Originally given to the British during the 19th century it was brought to London by a group of individuals. Much has been written about it and even the Australian author L.M Walsh wrote a book in 1928 about a shadowy group of criminals who used a photograph of the obelisk as a calling card for impending doom. The heroine of the book being called Barbara West. It all sounds like Spectre.....
Written 28 July 2023
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Alison P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Tried to climb it, fell off, had to go to the Ciaro practor.

I spinx I would go again, with my mummy
Written 11 July 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
You can see this obelisk on the Thames Embankment near the Golden Jubilee Bridge. It was constructed in Egypt in 1450 BC as a set of three needles. It was made for Pharaoh Thutmose III. Cleopatra’s Needle was brought to London from Alexandria, the city which welcomed Cleopatra. The second needle went to New York while the third one was is in Paris. All three were gifted to these countries by the Egyptian ruler Muhammad Ali Pasha. British needle landed in London in 1878 after undergoing a rough journey at sea. In London it was exposed to WWII bombing. Before coming here it sat waiting to be transported for sixty years in Alexandria because it weighed 200 tonnes. It has Hieroglyphical writings on it. You can see two sphinxes sitting beneath it. These were cast in bronze in Pimlico in 1881. Looking at this composition you feels as if you are in Egypt.
Written 8 July 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland30,079 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Cleopatra’s needle looks a little off on the banks of the rriver Thames and should be on the Nile river. Nice and protected by the two lions
Written 28 June 2023
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Cleopatra's Needles are a separated pair of ancient Egyptian obelisks now in London and New York City.
This one in particular was brought to England and re-erected in 1877. It stood in Alexandria (Egypt) for almost two millennia.
Real nice! Check out until you can!
Written 23 June 2023
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Jack
London, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This Obelisk was a gift from Egypt. A genuine Egyptian obelisk, the structure is inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs. It can be found near Victoria Embankment.
Written 21 April 2023
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