Thursday, 3 June 2010

The Albert Memorial

So many delightful things to do in London.... We went to the V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum to see the exhibition "Grace Kelly: Style Icon" (which is well worth a visit if you love clothes, Grace Kelly or fantasise about being a princess).

The V&A is situated in South Kensington, in the area known as "Albertopolis". The land was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of 1851 (Prince Albert was the driving force behind the Great Exhibition) and is home to many museums and wonderful Victorian buildings, including the Royal Albert Hall and this astonishing memorial to Prince Albert. Commissioned by Queen Victoria
in memory of her beloved husband, who died of typhoid in 1861, it was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (who also designed the wonderful St Pancras Station in London, now the Eurostar terminal). The memorial is 176 feet tall, took over ten years to complete, and cost £120,000.

Its decoration includes the Frieze of Parnassus (which shows 169 individual composers, architects, poets, painters, and sculptors
) and allegorical sculptures depicting the four continents and Victorian industrial arts and sciences.
The Memorial was extensively restored and regilded in the late 1990s.

8 comments:

  1. I've never been there, I always seem to stay more central when I'm walking in town. Have to break a habit one day.

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  2. Living near Monaco, I have seen a lot of exhibitions about Grace Kelly.She was the "fairy tale come true".
    But living far away from London, I can only envy you! :)

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  3. Lovely picture. We will be going to London for a couple of days the week after next so thanks for the tip about the V&A exhibition.

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  4. It is certainly an intricate monument, I think I've seen it on one of my trips butI don't remember all the statues around it.

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  5. The blue skies and billowing clouds are the perfect backdrop to this amazing memorial. Love anything that has been gilted. ~Lili

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  6. We saw the Albert Memorial on our first visit to England and immediately felt it seemed incredibly over-the-top and somehow . . . un-English.

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  7. Indeed that is a beautiful memorial. Nice that you got it when the sun was behind the cloud so it is nicely exposed. Great shot.

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  8. hello!! beautiful monument!! regards

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