Cleopatra's Needle on the Banks of the Thames, London

Cleopatra's Needle on the Banks of the Thames, London

On the north bank of the Thames River, and just along from Embankment Tube Station, is Cleopatra's Needle. A solitary ancient Egyptian obelisk, that is now 'guarded' by two bronze sphinxes and stands just above the water at high-tide. Sadly it had nothing to do with Cleopatra.

Like all ancient Egyptian obelisks, the obelisk in London was part of a pair that stood at the entrance to a temple in Heliopolis (north-eastern present-day Cairo). The pair were erected in about 1468 for Tuthmosis III. The pair were split, one going to London and the other to New York, where it now stands in Central Park. 

In keeping with the Egyptian theme, the nearby benches along the walkway next to the river are decorated with ancient Egyptian decoration.

 

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