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... The Twice-Buried One
Carved out of pink granite by order of Pharaoh Thutmose III three thousand five hundred years ago, this lonely beauty now stands on the Thames Embankment in London, having been twice buried under the hot desert sands of Egypt – for one thousand years - before being moved to its new resting place.
... Of ancient curses?
Today a hint of mystery still lingers over this obelisk, as Gliffy mentions in Obelisk Seven:
"Even today, there are more suicides near this obelisk than at any other point on the Thames River." He flung his arms wide, hands pointing down the river's bank. "There have been claims that strange, mocking laughter is heard near this obelisk but nobody can be seen making it." He pointed to the base of the obelisk. "Some people claim they have seen a naked man rush up to the obelisk, leap upon this base, and then into the water, without any splash being heard."
For our post in our Obelisk Seven Blog on the ghosts of the London obelisk, click here.
... The Surgeon's cigar and Peril at Sea
A canny deal by Dr. William James Erasmus Wilson resulted in this obelisk being enclosed in a steel cylinder and towed through stormy seas from Egypt, up the Thames, to London. Almost lost at sea during a storm, lives were lost in saving it.
Trussed in wood, the obelisk was raised by engineers and carefully lowered onto its pedestal. Placed inside the pedestal were twelve photographs of women, a box of hairpins, a box of cigars, several tobacco pipes, a set of imperial weights, a babies bottle, some children's toys, a shilling razor, a hydraulic jack and some samples of the cable used in erection, a 3' bronze model of the monument, a complete set of British coins, a rupee, a portrait of Queen Victoria, a map of London,a written history of the strange tale of the transport of the monument, plans on vellum, a translation of the inscriptions, copies of the bible in several languages, a copy of Whitaker's Almanack, a Bradshaw Railway Guide, a map of London and copies of 10 daily newspapers.
For our post in our Obelisk Seven Blog on the damage caused to the sphinxes guarding Cleopatra's Needle by German bombing raids in the First World War, click here.
London Obelisk being raised on the Thames Embankment
Loraine Lundquist and London Obelisk Sphinx
Grave of Sir Erasmus Wilson in Swanscombe, Kent - financier of move of London obelisk
German Zeppelins bomb London in First World War
German Gotha biplane of the type that bombed the sphinx of the London obelisk in 1917
Sir Erasmus Wilson - The Freemason who financed the move of the London obelisk from Egypt