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Statue of Eros, London

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Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round open space at a street junction.Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square), and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. Its status as a major traffic junction has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of Eros. It is surrounded by several notable buildings, including the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre. Directly underneath the plaza is Piccadilly Circus tube station, part of the London Underground system.
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  • The official name of the centrepiece is the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, named after the great Victorian philanthropist Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. The sculpture of the fountain ...  more »
  • This is a focal point in this area of London and one which gives a lot of history to London - a lot of locals and tourists use this as a meeting point as one can sit at the base of the statue and wait...  more »
  • This is a lovely statue, located on a wide podium in Piccadilly circus. As the place is always swarming with people (especially tourists), one can easily overlook this lovely statue. 
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  • Anteros, Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, Piccadilly Circus, Well Known Tourists Hub LandMark In Central London....
  • Busy and vibrant - if you like that kind of thing.
  • The spirit of freedom and democracy for all human beings!
  • Iconic statue right in the hearth of London. Pact with people!
  • The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain celebrates the life and work of Anthony Ashley-Cooper the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885). A champion of the poor, Lord Shaftesbury pioneered much social reform in areas of education, child labour and alleviation of poverty. Alfred Gilbert's interpretation of Anteros was to reflect the life-long love that Lord Shaftesbury had towards the neglected and under-strata of society.