"Eros ~ 'The Angel of Christian Charity'" Sightseeing Tip by Jenniflower

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  Eros statue
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  • Eros statue - London
      Eros statue
    by Jenniflower
  • Eros statue - London
      Eros statue
    by Jenniflower
  • Eros statue - London
      Eros statue
    by Jenniflower
 

Favorite thing: This must be one of the most looked at and photographed statues in the world.

It is the Shaftesbury Memorial fountain, erected in 1893 generally called ?Eros?, and otherwise known as 'The Angel of Christian Charity', which is translated as 'Agape' but formally called 'Anteros'.

It was designed to commemorate the work of Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, for his pilanthropic work.

It is a figure of a naked archer with wings, quite controversial when first erected (with it being nude), but has since become a London icon.

Piccadilly Circus is a tourist mecca, it has the commuter traffic, as well as all the tourist traffic, all year round. This statue is found in the midst of this madness, and fares well I think.

People rest on the steps of this statue, chat, eat, take photos and have a good time.

A titbit of interesting info: The statue is used as the mast head of the Evening Standard newspaper.

(I will load a few beautiful shots I took of this statue soon :)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 30, 2006
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