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Cleopatra's Needle

#321 of 1,527 things to do in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Part of the magic of London

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
David M
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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. Plenty more Egyptian artefacts and history to be found in the British museum. Not far from... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its really great mixture of cultures and history in Embankment area.. Egyptian statue with a great ancient history beside the Thames River

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would never expect to see such an ancient historic artifact in the middle of the bustling city, instead of the British Museum. Make sure to read about its history.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Strangely missing from many touristic maps, the obelisk is encountered on the Embankment, near the war monuments. Flanked by two sphinxes, it is probably the oldest attraction in London! Definitely worth taking a look at, especially because it's free of charge, unlike many other attractions in London!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The significance of this historical landmark is many times overlooked. Of the 29 known ancient Egyptian Obelisks in the world, 4 are in Great Britain. Throughout time Egypt has only retained 8 of the obelisks. Italy, part of the old Roman Empire, has 11. The others are scattered throughout Europe with 1 being in the US. An obelisk is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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 20 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 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 November 2016

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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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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