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Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle is a magnificent piece of ancient architecture that can be found on the embankments of the Thames river in London. It is one of four similar 'Needle' structures taken from Egypt - one in London, one in New York (these first two are a pair), one in Paris and one that remains in its original site, Luxor (these last two are also a pair). Despite their names, the Needles actually have very little connection to Cleopatra, having been made in 1460BC, over a thousand years before Cleopatra was born.

It was shipped over to England from Alexandria, Egypt, in 1878 as a commemoration to Britain's victory over Napoleon in 1815. It cost £15,000 to transport the needle the 3013mile journey by boat. Six men sadly died during this journey, when on October 14th 1877, the ship carrying the needle (which was built by the Dixon brothers and named 'Cleopatra'), suffered severe damage and almost sunk completely. The 'Cleopatra' and her ancient cargo was towed to safety, and arrived in London in January 1878, where Cleopatra's Needle was winched into proud position on the embankment of the Thames.

The Needle still holds pride of place on the embankment to this day, next to the embankment underground station. The additions of two, large, bronze sphynxes either side of the Needle was made by the Victorians - replicas of the original Egyptian sphynxes.


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Trafalgar Square Apartments

Carlton Mansions, 16 -17 York Buildings, Strand , London , WC2N 6LS

Trafalgar Square Apartments is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Apartment London 5114

, London , WC2N 6LS

Apartment London 5114 is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Apartment London 5115

, London , WC2N 6LS

Apartment London 5115 is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Apartment London 5116

, London , WC2N 6LS

Apartment London 5116 is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Apartment London 1

, London , WC2N 6LS

Apartment London 1 is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Buckingham Snug

19 Buckingham Street , London , WC2N 6EF

Buckingham Snug is 0.18 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Covent Garden Apartments

23 Villiers Street , London , WC2N 6NE

Covent Garden Apartments is 0.22 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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The Savoy

Strand , London , WC2R 0EU

The Savoy is 0.24 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 405

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Private Apartment - Covent Garden - The Strand

409-412 Strand , London , WC2R 0NS

Private Apartment - Covent Garden - The Strand is 0.25 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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Uber London London Eye House

23 Craven Street , London , WC2N 5NS

Uber London London Eye House is 0.25 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £ 0

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