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Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery
It's a key intersection and so many things are nearby, including the National Gallery which, whether you are into art or not, I heartily recommend.
This is one of the world's great galleries and whether you seek Constable, Renoir, Stubbs, Monet, Van Gogh, ________________ (insert favourite artist here), or a couple of my favourites, Gerit Dou and Luis Melendez, you will not be disappointed and, if you tire of the paintings, you can admire the wonderful building it is housed in.
Pictured is a sculpture from the fountain in Trafalgar Square. One of the few pictures of Trafalgar you'll ever see without pigeons! One of two fountains in the Square designed by Lutyens in 1939 with fine sculptures by Charles Wheeler and W. McMillan. I was somewhat surprised to find the whole thing wasn't older. It actually post dates the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There's a fact you didn't need to know!
In pic 2 you can see Nelson's Column. This great granite finger is 187ft tall featuring the one-eyed, one-armed British hero, Lord Horatio Nelson. When completed, workers dined on the summit before the statue was raised.
Though not shown here, the base and four lions surrounding it were unveiled in 1870 some 25 years after the construction of the column.
Address: Trafalgar Square, WC2
Directions: Charing Cross or Leicester Square tubes
Phone: +44 20 7983 4750
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