This granite obelisk was first erected in Egypt around 1500BC by Pharaoh Thotmes III. Although Cleopatra had nothing to do ... More
This granite obelisk was first erected in Egypt around 1500BC by Pharaoh Thotmes III. Although Cleopatra had nothing to do with the obelisk, it was named after the famous queen when it was moved to Alexandria in 12BC. In 1819, it was given as a gift to the British people in recognition of Nelson's victory over the French fleet. It was later erected on the Victoria Embankment in 1878. Magnificent bronze lions guard Cleopatra's Needle. The pink-granite monolith sits on a pedestal, within which are two earthenware containers enclosing objects which are bizarre, to say the least. Some of those objects are: bibles in various languages; a box of hairpins; a box of cigars; a hydraulic jack; copies of an engineering magazine and portraits of 12 of the most beautiful Englishwomen.
I stumbled upon this as I was walking along the Queens Walk. The Needle itself is pretty cool, especially if you know the story of where it came from and it's difficult journey to where it is today, but what really impressed me were the lions. The lions are life size at least and cast of bronze. Before I read the plaque next to the lions I noticed large holes that appeared to be melted through the bronze. I could actually stick my finger into the lion. Then I read the plaque. A bomb had exploded in the street next to the Needle and lions during WWI. The shrapnel from the bomb had damaged the Needle and gone completely through the lions. Incredible! During other walks around London I have noticed other buildings where damage from both world wars has been left as a reminder of the past.
The massive White Tower is a typical example of Norman military architecture, whose influence was felt throughout the kingdom. It
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Vinopolis, a must for any wine lover, is an interactive, multimedia wine ""adult theme park"" opened along the Millennium Mile
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