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Cleopatra's Needle

#332 of 1,514 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Thames Embankment, London, England
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Great Craftsmanship, and Lovely to Behold

Cleopatra's Needle is a unique sculpture, on the Embankment, though viewable from many vantage points. While we had walked past it, from some of those vantage points, this was the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Phoenix, AZ
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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cleopatra's Needle is a unique sculpture, on the Embankment, though viewable from many vantage points. While we had walked past it, from some of those vantage points, this was the first time that we actually explored it, and read the markers. Besides being lovely, and a testament to stone masonry, it is also an engineering, and shipping feat. It certainly... More 

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Windlesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yet another object many would walk past in London, Cleopatra's needle is a great thing. Originally erected in Heliopolis in the 15th century BC the monument was donated to the UK in 1819 and erected here in 1878. it is believed to commemorate the battles of Alexandra and the Nile .... and is free to see!!!!!

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is very unusual. Its right on the thames so you can enjoy a nice walk to get to it. Yoy get a good view from the cruises too,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not enough to visit London without having some great pictures to share with friends. Cleopatra's Needle is a good spot to take some photos. When you walk along the Thames Embankment, you will find this Egyptian Obelisk. They are two bronze Sphinxes at the base of the Needle

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I've heard about this obelisk for decades, but never thought to go see it (considering that I've been in London a dozen or more times). So, walking along the Thames, we came upon it. The descriptions are very informative, and the stone, itself, fascinating, beautiful, and of obvious antiquity. It is flanked by bronze sphinx , one of which was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you are walking past or nearby it is worth a stop, otherwise it is not worth the detour; although it can be spotted from a distance.

Thank RWandSW
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This is a huge obelisk that's difficult to skip over alongside the River Thames! Take a walk over and have a look. It's worthwhile to be in the presence of something so old!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is one of the three similar obelisks in the world (with those in Paris and New York). In spite of its name, it has nothing to do with Cleopatra, as it was erected in Heliopolis in the 15th century BC (more than thousand years before Cleopatra). The 21-meter-high and more than two hundred tones heavy monument was donated in... More 

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Guarded by two Victorian sphinxes, Cleopatra's Needle is an impressive site and a great photo opportunity. If you'd seen the model in the British Museum, it is well worth seeing the real thing! I wouldn't visit just this site, but as part of a delightful walk following the river Thames, its a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Saw as we were going up the river on a coup,e of occasions. I'd forgotten it was there and great to see. Lovely weather and enjoyed all the views. Not sure I would make a special visit to see.

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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.
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