Obelisk in London, victoria embankment, thutmose III, cleopatra's needle. The Needle was presented to Britain by the Turkish viceroy of Egypt and it took nearly 60 years before it made it's way to London
Cleopatra's Needle is the popular name for each of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris, and New York City during the nineteenth century. The obelisks in London and New York are a pair, and the one in Paris is also part of a pair originally from a different site in Luxor, where its twin remains.
Cleopatra's Needle. The London needle is in the City of Westminster, on the Victoria Embankment near the Golden Jubilee Bridges. It is close to the Embankment underground station. It was presented to the United Kingdom in 1819 by the ruler of Egypt and Sudan Muhammad Ali, in commemoration of the victories of Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and Sir Ralph Abercromby at the Battle of Alexandria in 1801.
London, Covent Garden The Stand, Sphinx at Cleopatra's Needle. Two bronze replicas of Egyptian sphinxes sit on either side of Cleopatra's Needle and bear the inscription "the good god, Thuthmosis III given life", written in hieroglyphics. The sphinxes face the wrong way. They look in the direction of the obelisk, while they are meant to look away from the monument in order to protect it against enemies.
Sited in Central Park near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleopatra’s Needle is made of red granite and stands 68 feet high, weighing 224 tons. The needle was originally erected in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis on the orders of Thutmose III, around 1450 BC. It was secured for New York in May 1877 by Elbert E. Farman, then‐United States Consul General in Cairo as a gift from the Khedive. It was erected on February 22, 1881. A #PreserveNY site.
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Luxor Obelisk, Place de la Concorde, Paris. One of "Cleopatra's Needles", similar to the pair that we already saw in NYC and London. This is one of a pair, as well, the other still located in Luxor, Egypt.