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Cleopatra's Needle

Thames Embankment, London, England
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Thames Embankment, London, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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"victoria embankment"
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"egyptian obelisk"
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"central park"
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"thutmose iii"
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"red granite"
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"interesting monument"
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"world war"
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"worth a stop"
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"embankment area"
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"air raid"
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"piece of history"
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"ancient egypt"
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"other attractions"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful structure, located on the bank of the Thames by Embankment Pier. The needle itself is flanked by two black sphinx, one of which was broken by a bomb that fell in the area in 1916. The needle was originally from Alexandria...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

.Sitting on the banks of the Thames, Cleopatra's Needle is one of the three obelisks located here, New York and Paris and dates back to around 1450 BC. It is said to have fallen off a ship into the Bay of Biscay and lay on...More

Thank Karen P
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This is a three and a half thousand year old inscribed Egyptian obelisk, worth a look for that fact alone (this is one of a pair of obelisks, the other can be found in Central Park, New York City). Easy to find on the bank...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Have seen the "sister" obelisks in NY & Paris but the same question arises that how come something purely related to the fabric of a Country/People (Egypt) can basically be stolen and become an object of attraction in a foreign land ? Mungo Mans skeleton...More

Thank Skeney57
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Brit tourists Knick sacred relic. London pollution wipes it clean of meaning. Couple of fake sphinxes- we - that’s it

Thank Henry T
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

While in London again, we enjoyed another long walk along the Embankment from Westminster Bridge to Waterloo Bridge. Along the way we had the opportunity to again view Cleopatra's Needle, a very tall obelisk dating back to ancient Egyptian times. This eye-catching obelisk is certainly...More

Thank BigHugh51
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We happened to walk by Cleopatra's Needle after getting off the tube at Embankment and walking along the Thames. At over 3500 years old this obelisk is a striking feature along the Thames and well worth a stop to stand and take it in. Having...More

Thank Tom J
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

This is a rather curious sight to see in London. Cleopatra's needle is an Egyptian obelisk near to Victoria Embankment, not too far from Embankment underground station. I'm not sure why but it was gifted to England in 1819 by the ruler of Egypt and...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Yes, it is an Egyptian obelisk in London. The obelisk is actually 3500 years old and was brought to London from the city of Alexandria, the royal city of Cleopatra, hence the name. It was brought to London to sit on the banks of the...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

An Egyptian obelesk on Thames embankment. Is not worth visiting specially but worth a look if passing.

Thank PHE22
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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
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