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Cleopatra's Needle, New York City

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#107 of 161 in Sightseeing in New York City
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  • We definitely didn't expect to come across Cleopatra's Needle in the middle of Central Park A beautiful piece of history.  more »
  • Did not find it very easy but not it is small, is an Egyptian obelisk which is located behind the MET, it is solitary in the middle of trees, although all the Obelisk is interesting, full of Egyptian images and is of good size not impressed me so much, not the story is where or how he came there, but not this others go to see it.
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  • We weren’t on any particular mission—just strolling through Central Park. I must admit I had no idea there was an obelisk even in New York. Learning more about her made the find that more meaningful. ...  more »
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  • It is a nice site. However i do not like that the trees are blocking the background view of the park.
  • This is a beautiful Egyptian monument, but like all other obelisks scattered across the Western world, this piece of art should be returned to its rightful owner. Thinking of that took away from the experience, which is why I rate this place a strong 4.
  • To me, one of the most unique sights in New York. If you like history at all and you're in New York you must stop by and see it.
  • Easily comfortable place. Cleopatra's needle, the Obelisk. Nice to have here in the city. And I read that its the oldest monument in the city. 3400 years old
  • This is the oldest public monument in New York City. It was commissioned in 1425 B.C.E., making it more than 3500 years old. It was gifted to the US from the Khedive of Egypt in 1869. It took more than a year to transport and install this obelisk. It was moved twice until it's current final location behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January 1881.

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