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Landmarks of Love: The Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial London

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Designed by architect George Gilbert Scott, the Albert Memorial was unveiled in 1872.

When Queen Victoria’s beloved consort, Prince Albert, succumbed to typhoid fever in 1861, the sovereign turned dour, adopting the widow’s weeds and serious mien that would eventually define her reign. To honor her late husband, Victoria commissioned The Albert Memorial to be built in London’s Kensington Gardens with a statue of Prince Albert seated under a Gothic canopy. Designed by architect George Gilbert Scott, the monument was unveiled in 1872. (The now gold-leafed statue of Albert was “seated” facing south toward Royal Albert Hall in 1875.) Wrapped with elaborate friezes and allegorical sculptures, the memorial also features colorful mosaics depicting historical figures that include Homer, Raphael and Michelangelo.

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