Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle (HM27XN)

Location: London, England WC2N 6PB Greater London
Country: United Kingdom
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N 51° 30.511', W 0° 7.221'

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( northeast side )
This obelisk quarried at Syene was erected at On (Heliopolis) by the Pharaoh Thothmes III about 1500 B.C.
Lateral inscriptions were added nearly two centuries later by Ramses the Great
Removed during the Greek Dynasty to Alexandria the Royal City of Cleopatra
It was there erected in the 18th year of Augustus Caesar B.C. 12

( narrow plaque, northeast side )
The inscriptions of Thothmes are in the centre of each face. The one above records the erection of the oblisk at On at the time of his third celebration of the Sed-festival. The left-hand face and and the back contain prayers that he may celebrate many such festivals and that Tum [the setting Sun] may establish his name with increased sovereignty in the Great Temple of On. The right-hand face records his offerings on the altar of the Spirits of On. The inscriptions down the sides were added by Ramses II to record his own victories.
( northwest side, facing the street )
Through the patriotic zeal of Erasmus Wilson F.R.S. this obelisk was brought from Alexandria encased in an iron cylinder
It was abandoned during a storm in the Bay of Biscay
Recovered and erected on this spot by John Dixon C.E. in the 40th year of the reign of Queen Victoria

( southwest side )
This obelisk prostrate for centuries on the sands of Alexandria was presented to the British Nation A.D. 1819 by Mahommed Ali Viceroy of Egypt
A worthy memorial of our distinguished countrymen Nelson and Abercromby

( southeast side, facing the River Thames )
William Askin · James Gardiner · Joseph Benbow · Michael Burns · William Donald · William Patan
Perished in a bold attempt to succour the crew of the obelisk ship "Cleopatra" during the storm October 14th 1877
HM NumberHM27XN
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Date Added Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 699828 N 5710308
Decimal Degrees51.50851667, -0.12035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 30.511', W 0° 7.221'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 30' 30.66" N, 0° 7' 13.26" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near A3211, London England WC2N 6PB, GB
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