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 in London is one of three ancient-Egyptian obelisks re-erected in three of the world's great cities: London, New York and Paris. London's Cleopatra's Needle has been in the city since 1877 and is one of London's most famous sights, and one of the most popular London attractions with those tourists that are fascinated by ancient Egypt.
NY: "Cleopatra's Needles" is the name given to 2 Egyptian obelisks from Alexandria (Egypt). 1 is in NY & the other in London. Almost 70' in height, They were originally erected by the Egyptian king Thothmes III in front of the great temple of Heliopolis around 1500 B.C. The NYC obelisk was presented as a gift to America in 1881 by the Rhedive of Egypt in the hope of stimulating economic investment in his country, & its present location inside Central Park.
Cleopatras needle on The Thames embankment is 3,500 years old. It was one of two to guard the Temple of Ra in Heliopolis. During 12BC, it was moved to Alexandria by Augustus Caesar and re dedicated to Cleopatra. Ramasees the Second changed the prayers inscribed on it to honour himself. Witnesses have heard terrible mocking laughter coming from with the obelisk. Also, oddly enough, the sphinx's at its base were placed facing inwards, some say-to protect London. Well, that is the legend…
Cleopatra's Needle is the popular name for each of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris and New York during the nineteenth century. The obelisks in London and New York are a pair, the one in Paris, also part of a pair came from a different site in Luxor where its twin remains. Although all three needles are genuine Ancient Egyptian obelisks, their shared nickname is a misnomer, as they have no connection with Queen Cleopatra Vll of Egypt. Photo: aviewoncities.com
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.