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Albert Memorial, London

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The Albert Memorial is situated in Kensington Gardens, London, directly to the north of the Royal Albert Hall. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861. The memorial was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style. Opened in July 1872 by Queen Victoria, with the statue of Albert ceremonially "seated" in 1875, the memorial consists of an ornate canopy or pavilion, in the style of a Gothic ciborium over the high altar of a church, containing a statue of the prince facing south. The memorial is 176ft tall, took over ten years to complete, and cost £120,000 (the equivalent of about £10,000,000 in 2010). The cost was met by public subscription.
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  • Queen Victoria raised this monument in memory of her beloved husband passed away. The gilded bronze statue of Prince stands at the center of a neo-Gothic spire that fixes it. At the four corners of the mausoleum are represented the 4 continents with 4 animals. In front of the statue the large concert hall.
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  • Gorgeous, a huge pomposity, with its spire inlaid marble and semiprecious stones, surrounded by statuary representing 4 continents are the 4 complex, but mostly the pomp and power of the old British Empire. If the day is sunny, the vision is even more in relief.
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  • It is located inside of Kensington Gardens, one of the Royal Parks of London, it is the symbol of taste and Victorian spirit. It is a Memorial raised on a pedestal of four large granite steps. It is neo-Gothic spire-shaped, 53 metres high, decorated with mosaics, used to enclose, to shelter the statue of the Prince who is inside. In fact the statue of Prince Albert, in gilded bronze covered with gold leaves, dominates in the Center, placed on a canopy on which are visible the faces of celebrities such as sculptors, painters, poets. It is surrounded at every turn by the allegorical figures of the continents, Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas, represented each in turn by an animal characteristic of the place. The bull represents Europe, camel, an Indian elephant Africa Asia, while the American bison depicts the Americhe.Vi is also a group of sculptures representing agriculture, Commerce, manufacturing. The monument was dedicated to her husband by Queen Victoria. He was seen strolling in the Park, but even farther
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  • Where: Hyde Park, London What: A memorial for King Albert How was it: It's nice. The entire park is great and fun to walk through. We only saw the memorial during the day, but noticed the great big lamps that would appear to light up at night. Across the street there is the Royal Albert Hall, which we didn't visit. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yeah, the entire park is worth checking out. Make some time to visit this place.
  • Splendid Victorian monument in a great setting - a feast for the eyes. The monument has many allegorical representations which are fun observe. Tours of the monument take place on the first Sunday of the month between March and December apparently. I've not taken them, but they promise to take you beyond the railings. Group tours can also be arranged. Check out the web for details.
  • Great choice to have if you visit London! Cool to hang out in front of it with a view of the Royal Albert Hall. Good rendezvous point.
  • Beautiful memorial. Guided tours available. Quite impressive and awe inducing. Right across from Royal Albert Hall.
  • A very interesting historical site, be sure to visit the Victoria memorial as well. It has an audio commentary accessible from your mobile.