Tuesday, July 14, 2015

London, England: Trafalgar Square

You can find thousands of images of Trafalgar Square in London on the Internet. All of them are better than this. My photographic options were a bit limited on the back of the bus.

This is one of the most famous open spaces in London. It honors a variety of people and events, and also serves as a gathering place. Think Times Square in New York on New Year's Eve.

Trafalgar Square salutes the win by the English over France and Spain in the battle off Cape Trafalgar, Spain in 1805. It opened around 1840.

Right in the middle of the square is Nelson's Column. Admiral Horatio Nelson died at Trafalgar. The Admiral is on top of it, not that you can see it. The top of his hat is 169 feet above the ground - 14 feet, six inches shorter than what was thought before the column was refurbished in 2006. There are a variety of statues surrounding the column. One is a major surprise - George Washington. Wasn't he fighting the British once upon a time. The state of Virginia sent it over.?

The National Gallery also bordered the square. Thankfully, that is included in the picture behind the column.

I'll have to come back here at some point, and look at all the statues, etc. And take a better picture.

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