The Albert Memorial
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Situated in the eastern end of Kensington Gardens, overlooking the Royal Albert Hall is a huge memorial to Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. A flight of marble steps leads up to the monument designed in Gothic Revival style by Sir Gilbert Scott.
Guided tours of the memorial take place between March and December on the first Sunday of the month at 14:00 and 15:00. The tours last approximately 45 minutes. There is no need to book - just wait at the front of the memorial to meet your guide and pay the money. For furthur details. Web: Albert Memorial Tours
Learn more about this fantastic monument by taking this guided walking tour.
The Albert Memorial
Built between 1864 and 1876, the whole memorial is typically Victorian, extravagant and overcrowded. It cries out to be examined in detail. The centrepiece of the monument is a 14 foot (4.3 metres) sculpture of Prince Albert, coated in gold leaf. He is sitting beneath a canopied spire, holding a copy of the catalogue for his wonderful cultural creation, the Great Exhibition of 1851.
The canopy is held up by pillars of pink and grey polished granite. The plinth is surrounded by a sculptured frieze of 169 individual composers, architects, poets, painters, and sculptors. Above Albert's head are allegorical sculptures depicting Agriculture, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Commerce. The pinnacle, which extends to 175 feet (53.3 metres) above the base, is covered with more allegorical figures, including Faith, Hope, Charity, and Humility nearest the top.
At each corner of the memorial are huge marble sculptures consisting of ethnographic figures and a recumbent animal, depicting the four Continents of the World. Asia is represented by an elephant, Africa by a camel, Europe by a bull and The Americas by a buffalo. Scott also managed to incorporate portraits of renowned artists and architects, slipping in one of himself!
Prince Albert’s death from typhoid left Victoria ‘utterly broken-hearted’. She wanted the memorial to reflect Albert’s dedication to, and interest in, all aspects of culture and commerce as well as a monument to his many fine personal qualities. Scott’s memorial filled the bill and earned him a knighthood in 1872.
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To find the best way for getting to The Albert Memorial, visit the TfL Journey Planner.
- By Underground
|South Kensington Station||Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines|
|Knightsbridge Station||Piccadilly Line|
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