London Photo, Statue of Eros, Piccadilly Circus

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London photo, Statue of Eros, Piccadilly Circus

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This famous statue tops the Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain in the centre of Picadilly Circus, designed in 1893 as a memorial to the Earl of Shaftesbury, a popular Victorian philanthropist. The association with the Greek god Eros is inaccurate - it actually was supposed to represent Anteros, the twin brother of Eros. The statue was aligned so that the arrow pointed towards the Earl's country house at Wimborne St Giles in Dorset.

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