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Cleopatra's Needle

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Address: Thames Embankment, London, England
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Ancient Egyptian obelisk

This ancient Egyptian obelisk stands on the River Thames at the Victoria Embankment close to the underground station, it is made of red granite and stands 21 metres high. It is... read more

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This ancient Egyptian obelisk stands on the River Thames at the Victoria Embankment close to the underground station, it is made of red granite and stands 21 metres high. It is inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphs with a plaque to Erasmus Wilson at its base.

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having stumbled upon this monument it was in good shape but nothing much to look at, I'm certainly glad I didn't go out of my way to see it

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've seen this many times and every time it makes me wonder at the ancients. The column itself is inscribed by ancient hands and the Sphinx guarding its base add to the sense of grandeur.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing to see something that has been erected in london, the greatest city in the world and to be so old that everything that you can see around you just wouldn't have been there when this was originally constructed in Egypt A marvel to see and been in awe of

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

As they say this is the oldest structure that has been man made in London and was a gift from Egypt to the UK and is totally unique and a must do visit when in the capital as you won't see anything like this anywhere else in the world that has been placed against such an old an iconic river... More 

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

I walked right past this amazing piece of history without knowing what it was. Then I read up on it, discovered it's history and had to go back for a second look. This is 1000 years older than Cleopatra and it took quite a journey to get to London! The placque doesn't give much info, so read up about it... More 

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

This is on my walk home from work and every day I can't help but stop and look. The inscriptions under one of the sphinxes explains that the holes in the base of the obelisk and one of the sphinxes was caused by German bombers in WW1. I find even more fascinating the inscription that after spending over 2000 years... More 

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

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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Reviewed 31 December 2016 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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Reviewed 29 December 2016

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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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 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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