The Albert Memorial - Kensington Gardens -London
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N 51° 30.138 W 000° 10.662
30U E 695875 N 5709461
Quick Description: The Albert Memorial was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, this took 20 years to complete at a cost of £120.000 It stands opposite the Albert Hall.The colossal bronze-gilt figure of Prince Albert himself, under the Gothic canopy, is by Folev.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/8/2010 7:52:10 AM
Waymark Code: WMA2ZM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
The grandest of all the London monuments to departed worthy is the Memorial erected at Kensington in memory of Prince Albert.

Noble in its plan and dimensions, built of varied and valuable material, and enriched with appropriate statuary, it is at once an adornment to the great city, and a national memento of a good and wise man.

Most of The public monuments have - been erected to men of the sword, and commemorate the achievements in arms of our naval heroes and military chiefs.

The Albert Memorial is geared to one who won fame in the ranks of peace, and whose glory it was that he used his exalted position for the highest ends, upholding good morality by his example and influence, and furthering the progress of the nation in every way. This Memorial is well worth a visit, and a leisurely examination of its artistic beauties.

The base of the monument is formed by three quadrangular flights of steps, arranged like part of a wide-spreading pyramid; at the four corners are large masses of carved granite, on which stand groups of marble statuary, gigantic in proportions, and representing Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

Above the steps rises the pedestal of the Memorial, elaborately adorned with nearly 200 figures in high relief and of life size.

These are full-length statues - of celebrated painters and sculptors, poets and other writers, men of science, interested if you can spend a few minutes in trying to identify these worthies.
At the four corners of this podium, or pedestal, we find some more groups of allegorical statuary; representing Commerce, Manufactures, Agriculture, and Engineering.
Then comes the gigantic statue of Prince Albert, richly covered ingilt, and resting on a pedestal fifteen feet high.
He is sitting on a chair of state, and robed as a Knight of the Garter. Over him is a richly decorated Gothic canopy, supported by groups of polished granite columns, and surmounted by a beautiful spire, highly ornamented up to the very top, where a cross completes this marvellous piece of art workmanship.
The total height of the Memorial is 176 feet.
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