Behind the MET you can find an Egyptian obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle. This is one of two obelisks that sat upon the Nile River from 1450 BC to 18 AD when moved to Alexandria where they remained until one was given to the city of London and the other New York City in the 1880s, where it was placed in its present location in Central Park.
This is a quick visit you can make after spending time in the MET, where there is actually a nice Egyptian Art area was quite good, featuring the actual Temple of Dendur, having been excavated and on display at the MET.
For those who have spent time in Egypt or other cities, like Rome, which has several impressive obelisks on display around the city, this might not much of a priority when visiting NYC but for others with an interest in Egypt, Egyptian history and antiquities this might make a nice stop to make visiting Central Park or after stopping by the MET.
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