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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 £

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West End of London Apartment Sleeps 4 WiFi is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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West End of London Apartment Sleeps 4 WiFi T052096 is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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Apartment Flat 9

, London , WC2N 6LS

Apartment Flat 9 is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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Apartment Flat 11

, London , WC2N 6LS

Apartment Flat 11 is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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Luxury Italian Designer Home - 3 Bed & 3 Bath

18-19 York Buildings , London , WC2N 6JU

Luxury Italian Designer Home - 3 Bed & 3 Bath is 0.15 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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My Covent Garden Homes

York Building , London , WC2N 6JU

My Covent Garden Homes is 0.16 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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Villiers Street

23A Villiers Street , London , WC2N 6AR

Villiers Street is 0.18 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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Theatreland 3bed 2bath Glorious Covent Garden pad

John Adam Street 17-19 , London , WC2N 6JG

Theatreland 3bed 2bath Glorious Covent Garden pad is 0.19 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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Strand View

John Adam Street, , London , WC2N 6JG

Strand View is 0.20 kilometers from Cleopatras Needle. Room prices starting from £

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