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LONDONUnited Kingdom

Trafalgar Square

Square commemorating the victory of the British fleet over Franco-Spanish in the battle of Trafalgar. Formerly there were royal stables. Construction of the square began in 1829. Its north wall is occupied by the National Gallery building. The central object is the 55-meter Horatio Nelson's Column.

The pedestal monument is decorated with four bronze reliefs, which come from the cannon of the shattered French fleet. They depict battle scenes, including the Battle of Trafalgar, in which Nelson died. Columns "guard" 4 bronze lions. The square is also decorated with 2 fountains designed by Sir Lutyens, a prominent English architect, and 4 monumental pedestals, with monuments of King George IV and generals Havelock and Napier. One of the pedestals for nearly 150 years became vacant as it lacked funds to make the statue of William IV. It was only in 1998 that a program was created, thanks to which the works of contemporary artists are presented here.

The nearest metro station is Charing Cross.


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    Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN London , United Kingdom