World Monument Photography

World Monument Photography

December 9, 2023

UK: London

Cleopatra`s Needle

Cleopatra`s Needle refers to three Ancient Egyptian obelisks erected in London, New York City, and Paris. The one erected in London stands 21 meters high and weighs 224 tons. It was originally erected in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis on the orders of Thutmose III, around 1450BC. The inscriptions were added by Ramses II 200 years later to commemorate his military victories. The obelisks were later brought to Alexandria and setup in the Caesareum, which was a temple built by Cleopatra in honor of Mark Antony in 12BC.\n\nThe obelisks later toppled and were never touched until they were uncovered in 1877. After a long, difficult and expensive voyage, the obelisk finally made it safely to London where it was erected by the River Thames opposite of the London Eye on 1878.

Cleopatra`s Needle Photos