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Cenotaph, London

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4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
The Cenotaph is a war memorial situated on Whitehall in London. It began as a temporary structure erected for a peace parade following the end of the First World War but following an outpouring of national sentiment it was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom's primary national war memorial.Designed by Edwin Lutyens, the permanent structure was built from Portland stone between 1919 and 1920 by Holland, Hannen & Cubitts, replacing Lutyens' earlier wood-and-plaster cenotaph in the same location. An annual National Service of Remembrance is held at the site on Remembrance Sunday, the closest Sunday to 11 November (Armistice Day) each year. Lutyens' cenotaph design has been reproduced elsewhere in the UK and other countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Bermuda and Hong Kong.OriginsThe Cenotaph was originally a wood-and-plaster structure designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and erected in 1919. It was one of a number of temporary structures erected for the London Victory Parade (also called the Peace Day Parade) on 19 July 1919 that marked the formal end of the First World War that had taken place with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. As one of a series of temporary wooden monuments constructed along the route of the parade, it was not proposed until just two weeks prior to the event. Following deliberations of the Peace Celebrations Committee, Lutyens was invited to Downing Street. There, the British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, proposed that the monument should be a catafalque, like the one intended for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris for the corresponding Victory Parade in France, but Lutyens proposed instead that the design be based on a cenotaph.
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  • The Cenotaph stands in London Westminster on the road Centre of Whitehall in close proximity to the crossroads Downing Street. Quite simply held work light stone was erected in 1920. A Garland is inscribed on both sides. The longer sides of the licence grabs are decorated with various flags. The Cenotaph is a pretty massive block, perched right on the street. On us, he was impressive, but not really attractive. A look at the passing was enough for us.
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  • A war memorial on Whitehall is dedicated to casualties from Commonwealth in both World Wars. It was built in 1920, designed by Edwin Luytens, replacing his temporary work made from wood and plaster. I...  read more »
  • Walked from my office to the Cenotaph on 11th November with a colleague to pay our respects. This is such a moving and popular memorial, not just with the British but with tourists too. If you are vis...  read more »
  • A beutiful sight during Rememberance Day. The simplicity and boldness of the monument sends the righ message.
  • A poignant reminder of the futility of war. And the the massive sacrifices a nation gave to keep the world free of tyranny
  • Very nice and simple memorial. A beautiful scene to come across while walking from parliament to Trafalgar square.
  • Provides a national focus for remembrance. Remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom.
  • Simple memorial to Britains war dead, the centre point for memorial commemorations on armistice day
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