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Cleopatra's Needle

#349 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Interesting part of London, British and World history

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... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Emily R
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank MrsBsTravels
Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
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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Thank streakey
Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 679 helpful votes
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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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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Thank DnE_Canada
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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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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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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Thank Hassan H
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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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Brussels, Belgium
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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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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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