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Cleopatra's Needle (Obelisk), New York

Cleopatra's Needle (Obelisk) - New York, New York
Cleopatra's Needle (Obelisk)
79th St & 5th Ave, New York, NYMap
Central Park
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

This obelisk is one of three taken from Egypt that has been re-erected outside of its original pediment, the other two are in Paris and London. This particular obelisk was erected in 1881 behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park and its age is somewhere between 3600 and 3400 years old. It is inscribed with hieroglyphs that pay homage to Ramses II and Thutmosis III along with other gods in the Ancient Egyptian pantheon. In fact, the moniker attributed to the great Queen Cleopatra is a misnomer as she was never associated with any of the obelisks, it was simply her fame that provided New Yorkers an apt name. 

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