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Ancient Egypt Today: The Pharaoh Island – 90 years after the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, how Britain has embraced Egyptian architecture

Two faux-Egyptian sphinxes cast from bronze sit either side of Cleopatra's Needle in London, and make up the most famous example of Egyptian architecture in Britain. It is situated on the Victoria Embankment on The Thames (Source: Daily Mail).

Two faux-Egyptian sphinxes cast from bronze sit either side of Cleopatra’s Needle in London, and make up the most famous example of Egyptian architecture in Britain. It is situated on the Victoria Embankment on The Thames (Source: The Daily Mail).

“There may not be a sphinx on every street corner in London or Manchester, but Egypt has had a bigger influence on British architecture than you would think.

From cinemas to supermarkets, factories to mausoleums, a new book has revealed the deep-seated influence the ancient territory has had on British building design for more than 200 years.

‘Egypt in England’ by Chris Elliott examines over 50 Egyptian sites in Britain, revealing the curious stories behind these unusual and often outlandish pieces of architecture and interior design” – via The Daily Mail.

Read more here.

An accompanying exhibition is at London’s Wellington Arch until January 13 next year. See Egypt in England for details. 

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