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cleopatra’s needle

cleopatra's needle

..taken near the Great Lawn..

Cleopatra’s Needle (“L’aiguille de Cléopâtre” in French) is the popular name for each of three Ancient Egyptian obelisks re-erected in London, Paris, and New York City during the nineteenth century. The London and New York ones are a pair, while the Paris one comes from a different original site, where its pair remains. Although the needles are genuine Ancient Egyptian obelisks, they are somewhat misnamed as they have no particular connection with Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, and were already over a thousand years old in her lifetime. The Paris “needle” was the first to be moved and re-erected, and the first to acquire the nickname.

28 replies on “cleopatra’s needle”

I have to admit my ignorance in not knowing the significance and history of these monuments, and you’ve educated me with this post. What a great composition with super framing and a perfect choice of mono.

A really interesting and informative post, thank you

First… lovely shot. I like that you chose B&W for it. The framing with the trees is really great! BUT… even more.. I had no idea this was a real thing from Egypt nor did I realize it was that old. You would think that for all the times I’ve seen it, I would have read the damned sign! Is there a sign! ha! Great post Rian.

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