"Victoria Embankment" River Thames Tip by sjvessey

River Thames, London: 116 reviews and 214 photos

  Obelisk
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As well as a great view of the London Eye and the River Thames, there are interesting things to see on the Embankment itself, like this Egyptian obelisk.

'This obelisk quarried at Syene was erected at On (Heliopolis) by the Pharoah Thothmes III about 1500 BC. Lateral inscriptions were added nearly two centuries later by Rameses 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 BC 12. The obelisk prostrate for centuries on the sands of Alexandria was presented to the British Nation AD 1819 by Mahommed Ali Viceroy of Eqypt a worthy memorial to our distinguished countrymen Nelson and Abercromby. Through the patriotic zeal of Erasmuc Wilson FRS 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 CE in the 42nd year of the reign of Queen Victoria, 1878.'

Address: River Thame through London to the North Sea.
Phone: 02088911411
Website: http://www.citycruises.com

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  • Updated Jun 15, 2004
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