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The centrepiece is the 14 foot high statue of Albert, seen seated, holding a catalogue for the Great Exhibition in his hands. Four sculptors worked on the statue, the last being John Foley.
A fascinating glimpse into Victorian thinking is provided by the portraits of great creators which adorn the monument. Among the depictions are those of Giotto, Cimabue, Orcagna, Pugin, and Cockerell. Scott was not above slipping a portrait of himself among the other greats!
The Albert Memorial was not Queen Victoria's only gesture to commemorate Albert; she also created the Albert Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle, a project in which Gilbert Scott also had a hand.
The memorial stands opposite the Royal Albert Hall, on the southern fringe of Kensington Gardens. The nearest tube stations are South Kensington, and Knightsbridge, and the memorial is well signposted from paths across Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
About Albert Memorial
Address: S Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London, Greater London, England, SW7 2AP
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Albert Memorial
Phone: 0300 061 2000
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: Gloucester Road - 0.6 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
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