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I wanted to a real Egyptian obelisk, so I walked down to the Thames to see Cleopatra's Needle. While I found what I came to see, I was surprised to find a connection with it to World War I. The stone base of the statute...More
... and it’s through artifacts that we get to channel into the thoughts of the ancients. This is why London’s Cleopatra’s Needle (Embankment Station, exit walk to the river and turn left) is so immersed in expectation, hope, pride; its story stretches more than its...More
The granite obelisk (renamed Cleopatra's Needle) was erected in the Egypt around 1450 BC. It was presented to the United Kingdom in 1819 in commemoration of battle victories, but it did not get transported to London until the late 1800s. The hieroglyphics are still very...More
One of 3 obelisks named Cleopatra's Needle, the other two being in Paris and New York City. Turns of the name Cleopatra's Needle is a bit of a misnomer as all three were already a 1000 years old by the time of Cleopatra.
Viewed from the river as part of a cruise as well as walking from Temple underground station on the District Line. Commentary on cruise said the adjacent guardian sphinx headed lions are pointing in the wrong direction but they look good LOL.
Sitatuated on the embankment at Victoria you can find yourself too close to see the full glory of this impressive monument with the two sphinx guarding it unless you are on one of the guided river boats or the nearby bridge. If walking by make...More
Cleopatra Needles and it's two Sphinx are located on the banks of the Thames on the Embankment. The Needle was made in Egypt around 1450BC making it probably the oldest statue in the UK. It was transported to London from Egypt in 1877, I was...More
London acquired this piece of ancient Egyptian history in about 1877. It sits on the Thames Embankment, flanked by 2 sphinxes equally imposing. If you notice some chips out of one of the sphynx, that was a souvenir from bombing during WW II.
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.