|London Obelisk from the Millenium Wheel|
At 186 tons, it weighs about ten times as much as the largest stone in Stonehenge, and was already 1500 years old before Stonehenge was built. Eight feet at the base, it is five feet wide at the top, before its seven foot high pyramidion starts.
Your question to the Obelisk:
"I call spirits from the vasty deep!"
The tapestry thread:
|Sphinx by David Roberts|
It served for a while as a bridge over a small ravine it had fallen over, while its twin – destined to be moved to Central Park - stayed upright.
The Great Sphinx:
The kingdom shall be given to you ... The world shall be yours in its length and in its breadth, as far as the light of the eye of the lord of the universe shines... My countenance is gracious towards you, and my heart clings to you.
|Glenn & one London Obelisk Sphinx|
|Sphinx of Thutmose IV at Alnwick Castle|
Enter Sir Lancelot:
|Hotspur in Alnwick Castle|
Young Prince Hotspur:
And it was home to the famous Harry Hotspur.
A statue of Hotspur astride his horse is found inside the castle.
In 1403 Hotspur tried to depose Henry IV and was killed at the Battle of Shrewsbury when he raised his visor and an arrow penetrated his mouth.
His body was shown to King Henry IV, who wept. After his burial, rumors spread that he was still alive, so Henry IV had his body dug up, impaled on a spear, displayed in public, then cut into four pieces and sent around all of England; his head was then stuck on a pole at the gates of the city of York.
I can call the spirits from the vasty deep.
Why, so can I, or so can any man;But will they come when you do call for them?
Cleopatra's Needle Ghosts:
Ancient Egyptians associated the name with the soul. It was believed that knowledge of a god or spirit’s name gave one complete power over that deity, and knowledge of a man’s name provided the power to do that man good or ill. A person could not exist without his name.
|Cleopatra and the Asp|
Click below for more photos of the London obelisk ...
|Cleopatra's Needle in London - with boats|
|Sphinx guarding Cleopatra's Needle in London|
|Second World War monument close to the London obelisk|
|Guard at Aswan quarry showing how obelisks were cut out of granite using dolorite stone hammer|
|And the band played on ... with the London obelisk in the background|
|Cleopatra's Needle in London at dusk|
|Sphinx of London obelisk in summer greenery|
|Iron cylinder named Cleopatra with London obelisk inside leaves Egypt for London|
|Statue of Thutmose III - maker of the London obelisk|
|Sir Erasmus Wilson - the Freemason who bankrolled the move of the London obelisk from Egypt|
|The Vatican obelisk - one of the seven obelisks featured in the thriller, Obelisk Seven|
|Alnwick Castle - where the small sphinx of Thutmose IV is kept|
|Front view of sphinx of Thutmose IV in Alnwick Castle|
|Back view of sphinx of Thutmose IV in Alnwick Castle|
|HarryPotter and Hogswart Castle|
|Strapped up London Obelisk - 2009|
|Hole in granite bedrock of Aswan quarry where an obelisk was cut out|
|Pink granite of Aswan quarry in Egypt that obelisks were made from|
|Victorian tourists and the Great Sphinx in Egypt|
|London obelisk being prepared for move from Egypt to London in the iron cylinder named Cleopatra|
|London obelisk in its iron container being rolled into the sea for move from Egypt|
|One of the two sphinxes guarding the London obelisk - from the Thames|