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Friday, October 21, 2011

Albert Memorial

Opposite the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington stands the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park.


The Albert Memorial was completed in 1872 to honour Albert, the Prince Consort, and husband of Queen Victoria, who died of typhoid in 1861, aged only 42. Over £120,000 (worth around £10,000,000 today) was raised by public subscription to build the memorial and the gilt bronze statue of the prince (by John Henry Foley and Thomas Brock), which sits under the canopy.


The Albert Memorial is 54m tall and was designed by the prolific British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, who also designed the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Scott also has a number of lunatic asylums, libraries, schools and workhouses on his CV of around 800 public buildings.

At the four corners of the outer area of the monument are four sculptures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and The Americas. At the base of the monument itself are four further sculptures depicting useful Victorian sciences (agriculture, commerce, engineering and manufacturing), each by a different sculptor. Extensive restoration was carried out on the Albert Memorial in the 1990s.


An earlier Albert Memorial was also built in Albert Square in Manchester in memory of the popular royal.

Other attractions in London near to the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial include Hyde Park, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and Buckingham Palace.

The nearest underground stations to the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial are South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington. London buses that stop near the Royal Albert Hall include the numbers 9, 10, 52, 360 and 452.




Albert Memorial Map

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