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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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  • Beautiful memorial in memory of Prince Albert. Stunning attention to detail with fantastic sculptures on the four corners.  more »
  • Situated across the road from the Albert Hall - this is a stunning memorial erected by Queen Victoria for her much loved husband Albert. It is very ornate and the gold glitters in the light.  more »
  • This is an amazing sight sitting opposite the Royal Albert Hall. All non-pc references to Empire and gilt and it should be out of place in a modern city. However, it is perfect and a must see. It is i...  more »
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  • Brilliant landmark, on a sunny day the statue glint's brilliantly in the light. Lots of space to lie down and have a picnic or relax.
  • This monument wasn't on my radar and we just happened across it. Breathtakingly beautiful.
  • Elegant Victorian Monument. Memorial from Queen Victoria to her husband Albert. Symbol of power and love. Great addition to Hyde Park. Located near Albert Hall in Hyde Park.
  • Visible from far off within Hyde park. Gorgeous! Ornate gold everywhere and beautiful details. Hyde park is the best.
  • 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.

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