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Cleopatra's Needle
Victoria Embankment,
London,
SW1

Erected on the Victoria Embankment in 1878, this granite obelisk, 68 feet high and 180 tons in weight, originally stood in Egypt, around 1500BC. It was a gift to the British people, in 1819 in recognition of Nelson's victory over the French fleet, at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. The pink-granite monolith sits on a pedestal, that holds two earthenware pots, containing various objects, some of which are bizarre to say the least: A portrait of Queen Victoria, iron ropes and cables, a hydraulic jack, copies of an engineering magazine, and portraits of 12 of the most beautiful Englishwomen!

Cost: Free

Nearest Tube: Embankment

Cleopatra's Needle

 

 

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