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Cleopatra's Needle

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Address: Upper East Side at 81st Street., Central Park, New York City, NY
15:30 - 04:00
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Peaceful little spot

Lovely peaceful little spot, the monument, not the restaurant as some reviews seem to have confused. If you like your Egyptian history- it's worth a look.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

One of two obelisks relocated from Cairo. The twin monument is in London. I found this to be one of the most interesting things I visited in Central Park.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

The only Egyptian Obelisk in the United States is located in New York’s Central Park behind (or in the front depending on how you look at it) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a fantastic example of an ancient Egyptian obelisk. An obelisk is a tall four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely peaceful little spot, the monument, not the restaurant as some reviews seem to have confused. If you like your Egyptian history- it's worth a look.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Compared to most of Central Park this was a really quiet spot that didn't seen to attract too many tourists. A fascinating story and great to see such an old relic. Well worth a visit

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

With this one piece of statuary we got a lesson in Egyptian hieroglyphics from this genuine Egyptian monument brought here from its original location in Egypt. From ground level it is difficult to see the entire surface, but for a very good view, take your binoculars to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as we did today, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Two secrets, actually. The first: the hill the needle stands on is called Greywacke Knoll but the needle stands on granite and the knoll is not made of greywacke; greywacke is a kind of relatively soft sandstone. Instead, the knoll is named after the Greywacke Arch named for the variety of Hudson Valley sandstone with which it is built. Just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Cleopatra's Needle, an authentic Egyptian obelisk, is a Central Park landmark, located behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It makes sense, given that the Met is most famous for its Egyptian collection.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was a cool find: we were waiting to help move our son out of Manhattan, and we stumbled upon Cleopatra's Needle. It's amazing. This is a twin of the one in London: it was made during the reign of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The NYC needle The New York "needle" was the first to acquire the nickname, "L'aiguille de... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

How can you not love the London, Paris, and NYC Needle story?!? What a fascinating piece of history sitting right behind the MET.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

I was so excited to see this piece of ancient history! I love that Central Park has so many historic sights to see.

Thank marybelle07

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