Historical Monuments in London

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London has a rich history that perfectly weaves itself into the present. This is reflected in the number of monuments that are within the city. There are a number of significant monuments in London that is well worth a mention.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park at its best for historical monuments.  There are various monuments situated in the famous royal park but notable ones include the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Fountain. This memorial is dedicated to Diana who died untimely in a tragic car accident. A competition was launched in 2002 to find a design that could honour her memory. From 10,000 applicants, the fountain design emerged as the winner. The water in the fountain is supposed to symbolise the life of Princess Diana. Another monument in the park is the Cavalry Memorial. This depicts St George on horseback stepping over a dragon. This is in memory of the cavalry regiments who died in WWI.

Albert Memorial

Situated in another royal park, the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens was unveiled in 1872. This was to commemorate Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, who died aged 42 of typhoid fever. This is a grand statue that is multi layered. The marbled figures depicts: Europe, Africa, America and Asia and above the marble figures are more figures representing: agriculture, manufacturing, commerce and engineering. Near the top of this stunning statue are gilded bronze statues of angels. Officially named as the Prince Consort National Memorial, this statue is to reflect Prince Albert’s passions as well as Victorian achievements.

The Cenotaph

Situated on Whitehall, The Cenotaph is a war memorial that was originally a temporary structure to mark the parade for the end of WWI. However, this temporary structure turned into a permanent one and marks the dead of both World Wars as well as those within the military in later wars. The Cenotaph therefore holds significance for the whole of the UK as it is the site for Remembrance Sunday. This is the closest Sunday to Armistice Day which marks the agreement between the Allies and Germany to end the fighting thus signalling the end of the war.

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column is of honour of Lord Nelson, who was victor in the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In fact the very square that the monument stands in, is named after the battle hence the name Trafalgar Square.  The construction of the statue is unclear but it was between 1840 and 1843.  Before the column’s restoration in 2006, despite the claim that the statue reaches 185 feet it was found that the true figure is 169 feet.

Sherlock Holmes Statue

Image Courtesy : Juhanson

Image Courtesy : Juhanson

Not quite a historical statue as Sherlock Holmes is a completely fictionist character. Nevertheless, the Sherlock Holmes Statue is near the detective’s ‘home’ on Baker Street and located outside Baker Street tube station. Unveiled in 1999, the statue was sculpted by artist John Doubleday.  The character Sherlock Holmes was created by the Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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