The only Egyptian Obelisk in the United States is located in New York’s Central Park behind (or in the front depending on how you look at it) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a fantastic example of an ancient Egyptian obelisk. An obelisk is a tall four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top,... 更多
Compared to most of Central Park this was a really quiet spot that didn't seen to attract too many tourists. A fascinating story and great to see such an old relic. Well worth a visit
With this one piece of statuary we got a lesson in Egyptian hieroglyphics from this genuine Egyptian monument brought here from its original location in Egypt. From ground level it is difficult to see the entire surface, but for a very good view, take your binoculars to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as we did today, and... 更多
Two secrets, actually. The first: the hill the needle stands on is called Greywacke Knoll but the needle stands on granite and the knoll is not made of greywacke; greywacke is a kind of relatively soft sandstone. Instead, the knoll is named after the Greywacke Arch named for the variety of Hudson Valley sandstone with which it is built. Just... 更多
Cleopatra's Needle, an authentic Egyptian obelisk, is a Central Park landmark, located behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It makes sense, given that the Met is most famous for its Egyptian collection.
This was a cool find: we were waiting to help move our son out of Manhattan, and we stumbled upon Cleopatra's Needle. It's amazing. This is a twin of the one in London: it was made during the reign of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The NYC needle The New York "needle" was the first to acquire the nickname, "L'aiguille de... 更多
After years of roaming through Central Park during trips to NYC, I finally went to see this obelisk, which stands on a knoll behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Restored between 2013 and 2014, the monument now displays its red granite surface and hieroglyphs that had been hidden by dirt and pollution. The 69-foot-tall "needle," which was first erected around... 更多
Knowing that this thing had to protrude out of a ship's bow just to get it from Egypt to NYC humbles me. It also makes me wonder, why? I wanted to see this and lucked out as I took a stroll through the park while I waited for the Met to open. Jackpot!