Monday, April 12, 2004

Midan Saad Zaghloul and Queen Cleopatra


On top is the statue of Alexandrine nationalist leader Saad Zaghloul, the side of it stands the statues dedicated to Queen Cleopatra. This location used to be the Caesareum, a temple begun by Cleopatra for her lover Antony. In this temple, completed by her enemy Octavian, Cleopatra committed suicide in 30 BC. The Cleopatra's needle, the two giant obelisks that used to stand in front of the temple, were moved to the Thames embankment in London and to the Central Park in New York, respectively, in 1877.

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