"Wellington Arch" United Kingdom Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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Also known as Constitution Arch, Wellington Arch was designed by architect John Nash as a memorial to the first Duke of Wellington. It was constructed between 1825 and 1828, and originally served as a ceremonial entrance to Buckingham Palace. It was moved to its present location at Hyde Park Corner in 1882.

Curiously, the arch was topped by a statue designed by Matthew Cotes and depicting Sir Arthur Wellsley riding a horse. He was not the first Duke of Wellington. In 1912 the statue was replaced by a quadriga similiar to that on the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin. It was designed by sculptor Adrian Jones.

To the dismay of many Londoners, in the 1960s traffic was routed around Wellington Arch, leaving it on an island amid noisy and smelly cars and buses.

Directions: Wellington Arch is located on Constitution Hill, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1.

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2006
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