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Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch (70)

Erected in Hyde Park Corner in 1828, this monument was designed by Deciums Burton. In 1846 a giant equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington was placed at the top of the arch, which was the cause of a great controversy. The detractors of the piece by Matthew Cotes Wyatt thought that the effect of the whole was ridiculous and grotesque, since the statue was completely out of proportion with the rest of the structure. Finally, in 1882 it was moved to the military camp in Aldershot.

In 1912 the arch was once again crowned by a sculpture. The statue, the work of Adrian Jones, represents a winged figure descending on a chariot of war drawn by several horses. As a curiosity, it is the largest bronze sculpture in Europe. 

Initially, the arch was directly opposite Apsley House, the residence of the Duke of Wellington, but with time, after some reform works in the area, it was moved to its current position, also close to Apsley House.

The inside of the arch provides you with an exhibition that narrates the history of the arch, including the years in which it was the smallest police station in London.

It is also possible to go up into the gallery that is just below the large statue. From here you will enjoy, as is common in London’s monuments, some splendid views. Do not miss the chance to see the movements of the cavalry of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals from here, as they pass beneath the arch every day when changing the guard.

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