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Walking through the famous Kensington Park, pay attention to the magnificent monument erected in honor of Prince Albert. The giant, pretentious monument appeared thanks to Queen Victoria, who grieved a lot for her husband who died during typhus, and wanted to immortalize his face centuries.
The grand opening of the monument took place at the end of the 19th century. The discussion on the project of the statue of the prince lasted three years, after which the sculptural group found its center. The work of the architects was directed by George-Gilbert Scott, and the sculptor of the statue of the prince was Thomas Brock. Thanks to Scott, who was an adherent of the Gothic style, the monument gained a spire and mosaics.
The memorial is an elegant pavilion, in which the prince himself, contemplating the Albert Hall, is kneeling in a proper pose. In his hands he holds nothing more than the catalog of the World's Fair for 1851. The figure is cast in bronze and covered with gilding.
The central part of the structure is surrounded by the Border of Parnassus. Here you can see the marble faces of musicians and poets (in the southern part), artists (in the eastern part), sculptors (on the west side) and architects (on the north side).
The monument is surrounded by symbolic groups depicting Commerce, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing and Agriculture. It was these areas that the prince was especially interested in. Also, the composition includes four more groups, symbolizing parts of the world: Europe, America, Asia, Africa. At the same time, each continent corresponds to the figures of animals: Europe - with a bull, America - with a buffalo, Asia - with an elephant, Africa - with a camel.
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