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Kensington Gardens, London, United Kingdom
020 7298 2000
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Memorial is especially beautiful caught in the glow of the evening sun or when illuminated at night
This astonishing 175ft (53m) high memorial was built by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Consort in 1872. Albert sits on his throne holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The memorial has been called "one of the grandest high-Victorian Gothic extravaganzas anywhere" and the frieze around its base is the greatest stone pantheon in London. In keeping with Albert's philosophy of promoting understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Science, it features 169 life-sized heroes of the Victorian Age, including Shakespeare, Beethoven, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Wren, Turner, Rembrandt, Mozart, Homer, Pythagoras, and 159 other greats. Allegorical figures of Agriculture, Commerce, Manufacture and Engineering also adorn the memorial.