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Standing in the heart of the buzzing Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column is undoubtedly one of the most iconic monuments of London. Constructed in the year 1843, Nelson's Column commemorates the death of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson. French fleet were defeated at the hands of Lord Nelson during Battle of Trafalgar fought in the year 1805. The sculpture rests on a large Corinthian capital. According to legend, this statue was made of Royal George's bronze guns. Royal George was a mighty warship. The bronze casts portray Nelson's triumphs at Copenhagen battle, Nile battle and Cape St Vincent battle.
Located in the buzzing Trafalgar Square, Fourth Plinth is a one of a kind 19th-century platform which was built with the aim of displaying an equestrian monolith of William IV. However today, it is the most high-profile and provocative contemporary art piece in the UK wherein it commissions world-class artists to make challenging new works for the historic heart of the capital. Trafalgar Square is London's most grandiose and theatrical public space and the sculptures here are aimed at triggering public debate about contemporary art in public spaces. The various displays that have been put up here include Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's ship in a bottle, Antony Gormley's One & Other, Thomas Schütte’s Model for a Hotel, Marc Quinn's sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant and others.
London's earliest equestrian statue, the Equestrian statue of George IV is built to the designs of French artist Hubert Le Sueur in the year 1633. Resting on a granite foundation, this statue is made of bronze and depicts the king without any head gear, dressed in a semi-classical outfit, his cloak flowing back. The king's right hand is grasping a baton while he holds the horse's reins in the left hand. Depicted without stirrups, this statue was originally built to be placed on the famous Marble Arch opposite Buckingham Palace.
London's Smallest Police Station is a tiny building that served as a proper station house, back in its day. Located in Trafalgar Square, this miniature police station has just about enough space for one policeman. It was a significant spot in the 1930s, when it was used to shoot rifles at protesters and violent mobs. Today however, it no longer functions as a police station, and is mostly used as a storage space for sweepers and cleaners.
England's first equestrian statue built in Renaissance style, the Equestrian statue of Charles I at Charing Cross was cast probably in the year 1633. Designed by Hubert Le Sueur, a noted French sculptor, the statue was commissioned by Richard Weston, Charles's Lord High Treasurer. The statue was originally built for Charles' Roehampton country house garden. It depicts him on horseback, wearing an armor demi-suit, sans a helmet. A scarf is tied across its chest on right hand. The king is portrayed carrying a baton in the same hand while he handles the horse reins in the left hand. This prominent statue is officially termed as London's official center.
One of London's noteworthy Anglican churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields is the parish to Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street. Redesigned by James Gibbs in 1726, its Georgian architecture has been an inspiration the world over. The intricate citadel towers over Trafalgar Square and the structure boasts beautiful woodwork and Italian carvings. Located in the heart of the capital, the venue prides itself on hosting some of the best music events in history. From 18th Century classical acts by Mozart to weekly jazz nights by emerging artists, the space has seen it all. With state-of-the-art acoustics and magnificent backdrop to its credit, experience world-class entertainment.
This ornate, Edwardian arch (which usually goes unnoticed) spans the entrance to The Mall from Trafalgar Square. Commissioned by Edward VII, the Admiralty Arch is actually a set of five arches in Portland stone which mark the royal route to St Paul's Cathedral. Traffic and pedestrians pass through the outer arches, while the central arch remains closed except when it is opened to allow the sovereign to pass through on State occasions.