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Cleopatra’s Needle

 
 
Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, November 15, 2004
1. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
Translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs
Inscription.
Translation of Hieroglyphics
    The Horus, Strong-Bull-Son-of-Kheprl,
    the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, User-maat-ra, Chosen-of-Ra, the Golden Horus, Mighty-in-years-and-great-of-victories, the Son or Ra,
    Ramesses, Beloved-of-Amun, who came forth from the womb in order to receive the crowns of Ra, who created him to be sole lord the Lord of the Two Lands,
    User-maat-ra Chosen-of-Ra, the Son of Ra.
    Ramesses, Beloved-of-Amun, one serviceable to Ra and granted life like Ra.

    The Horus, Strong-Bull-Appearing-in-Thebes, he of the Two La Goddesses,
    Enduring-of-kingship-like-Ra-in-heaven, Bodily son of Atum, whom the Mistress of Heliopolis bore to him, Thutmose,
    whom they created in the temple in the beauty of their members, knowing that he would exercise enduring kingship throughout eternity,
    the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Men-kheper-ra, beloved of Atum, the great god, together with his Enneat,
    granted all life, stability, and dominion like Ra forever.

    The Horus, Strong-Bull-Beloved-of-Ra,
    the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, User-maat-ra, Chosen-of-Ra,
    Ra, created by the gods, who funded the Two Lands, the Son of Ra,
    Ramesses, Beloved-of-Amun,
    the noble youth, beloved like
Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, November 15, 2004
2. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
Aten when he shines on the horizon,
    the Lord of the Two Lands, User-maat-ra,
    Chosen-of-Ra, the Son of Ra,
    Ramesses, Beloved-of-Amun, one serviceable to Ra and granted life like Ra.

(Plaque at base of monument)
This obelisk was erected first at Heliopolis Egypt in 1600 B.C. It was removed to Alexandria in 12 B.C. by the Romans. Presented by the Khedive of Egypt to the City of New York, it was erected here on February 22, 1881 through the generosity of William H. Vanderbilt.
 
Erected 1940 by the New York Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 46.777′ N, 73° 57.922′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Fifth Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fifth Avenue and West 81st, New York NY 10028, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central Park's Ancient Egyptian Obelisk (within shouting distance of this marker); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belvedere Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Upper East Side Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ada Louise Huxtable
Cleopatra’s Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 19, 2016
3. Cleopatra’s Needle Marker
At the north face of the obelisk.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Kerbs Memorial Boathouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Park Avenue Christian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1025 Park Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. Located in Central Park behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
Also see . . .  Cleopatra's Needle - Wikipedia. Wikipedia Entry. “Cleopatra’s Needle is the popular name for each of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris, and New York City during the nineteenth century. The London and New York ones are a pair, while the Paris one comes from a different original site where its twin remains. Although the needles are genuine Ancient Egyptian obelisks, they are somewhat misnamed as they have no particular connection with Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, and were already over a thousand years old in her lifetime. The New York ‘needle’ is one such example, as it is originally the work of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Thutmose III but was falsely named Cleopatra’s needles. The Paris ‘needle’ was the first to be moved and re-erected, and the first to acquire the nickname.”
Cleopatra’s Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 19, 2016
4. Cleopatra’s Needle Marker
At the south face of the obelisk.
(Submitted on September 22, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
 
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Cleopatra’s Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 19, 2016
5. Cleopatra’s Needle Marker
At the west face of the obelisk.
Cleopatra's Needle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, November 15, 2004
6. Cleopatra's Needle Marker
Cleopatra's Needle Obelisk looking west. image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, November 12, 2011
7. Cleopatra's Needle Obelisk looking west.
Cleopatra's Needle close-up image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, November 12, 2011
8. Cleopatra's Needle close-up
Pollution and acid rain damage from the last 130 years in New York.
Cleopatra's Needle close-up image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, November 12, 2011
9. Cleopatra's Needle close-up
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2010, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 1,107 times since then and 99 times this year. Last updated on November 22, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   2. submitted on September 14, 2010, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 22, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   6. submitted on September 14, 2010, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   7, 8, 9. submitted on November 15, 2011, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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