Did you know that there is an authentic ancient Egyptian obelisk in New York City?
I did not know this until I read a post about the ancient Egyptian obelisks in Rome which inspired me to look up obelisks in the United States. While googling the topic, Cleopatra’s Needle at Central Park in New York City came up! I was thrilled. So, of course, I had to go and see this ancient Egyptian obelisk, in the concrete jungle that is New York City.
It has a twin located in the city of Westminster in London on the Victoria Embankment. If I knew then what I know now, I would have made it a point to see it up close. As it is, this is one of the two pictures I have with the obelisk on it. It’s a picture taken aboard the London Eye. If you look closely enough, you’ll see it on this picture. I encircled it to prevent reader eye strain. 😄
Egypt’s government threatened to take back the Obelisk from New York in the past when it was not given much care and was in a state of deterioration. That was withdrawn when the city committed to make sure it is preserved for future generations to see.