Egypt upset by ignored obelisk gifted to Britain 200 years ago

Egypt upset by ignored obelisk gifted to Britain 200 years ago

The Economist has reported that Egyptian authorities are upset at Britain’s seeming indifference to a gift presented to the country 200 years ago.

It’s a giant 3500-year-old obelisk that sits unloved in an obscure section of the Embankment in London .

The Egyptian Antiquities Department now says that unless Britain shows greater appreciation and care of the monument, they should give it back.

Western powers, going right back to the Roman Empire, sought out and often plundered Egyptian obelisks. They can be found centre stage in a number of European capitals including Paris and Rome.

But the Egyptians say London’s Egyptian obelisk has been poorly maintained and ignored. Bomb damage in the Second World War wasn’t even repaired .

Check out our stories on Egypt’s spectacular obelisks in Empire Builders: Ancient Egyptians, Empire Builders: The Roman Empire and Tough Boats: Egypt Down the Nile.