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Cleopatra's Needle

 
 
Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 30, 2018
1. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
( northeast side )
Inscription.
( northeast side )
This obelisk quarried at Syene was erected at On (Heliopolis) by the Pharaoh Thothmes III about 1500 B.C.
Lateral inscriptions were added nearly two centuries later by Ramses the Great
Removed during the Greek Dynasty to Alexandria the Royal City of Cleopatra
It was there erected in the 18th year of Augustus Caesar B.C. 12

( narrow plaque, northeast side )
The inscriptions of Thothmes are in the centre of each face. The one above records the erection of the oblisk at On at the time of his third celebration of the Sed-festival. The left-hand face and and the back contain prayers that he may celebrate many such festivals and that Tum [the setting Sun] may establish his name with increased sovereignty in the Great Temple of On. The right-hand face records his offerings on the altar of the Spirits of On. The inscriptions down the sides were added by Ramses II to record his own victories.

( northwest side, facing the street )
Through the patriotic zeal of Erasmus Wilson F.R.S. this obelisk was brought from Alexandria encased in an iron cylinder
It was abandoned during a storm in the Bay of Biscay
Recovered and erected on this spot by John Dixon C.E. in the 40th year of the reign of Queen Victoria
1878

Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 30, 2018
2. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
( northeast side )
( southwest side )
This obelisk prostrate for centuries on the sands of Alexandria was presented to the British Nation A.D. 1819 by Mahommed Ali Viceroy of Egypt
A worthy memorial of our distinguished countrymen Nelson and Abercromby

( southeast side, facing the River Thames )
William Askin James Gardiner Joseph Benbow Michael Burns William Donald William Patan
Perished in a bold attempt to succour the crew of the obelisk ship “Cleopatra” during the storm October 14th 1877

 
Location. 51° 30.511′ N, 0° 7.221′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is on Victoria Embankment just from Savoy Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England WC2N 6PB, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monument of Belgium's Gratitude (within shouting distance of this marker); Lord Cheylesmore Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Britain In Bloom (within shouting distance of this marker); Westminster, London Memorial Garden
Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 30, 2018
3. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
( northwest side )
(within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Wilfrid Lawson (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Storm Oak Tree (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Imperial Camel Corps (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
Also see . . .  Cleopatra's Needle on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 30, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 30, 2018
4. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
( southwest side )
Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 30, 2018
5. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
( southeast side )
Bronze Sphinx flanking the Obelisk image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 30, 2018
6. Bronze Sphinx flanking the Obelisk
Bronze Sphinx flanking the Obelisk image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 30, 2018
7. Bronze Sphinx flanking the Obelisk
( plaque below the right hand sphinx )
The scars that disfigure the pedestal of the obelisk, the bases of the sphinxes, and the right hand sphinx, were caused by fragments of a bomb dropped in the roadway close to this spot, in the first raid on London by German aeroplanes a few minutes before midnight on Tuesday 4th September 1917
Cleopatra's Needle from a cruise boat on the River Thames image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 29, 2018
8. Cleopatra's Needle from a cruise boat on the River Thames
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 30, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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