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Monday, 6 January 2014

Hyde Park Corner

 Hyde Park Corner is where 6 major roads meet ( Piccadilly, Park Lane, Constitution Hill, Grosvenor Place, Grosvenor Crescent and Knightsbridge). It is a very large roundabout dominated by Wellington Arch.
Built as a victory arch in 1825-7 celebrating Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. On top of the arch is one of the largest bronze sculpture in Europe of the Angel of Peace on a four horsed chariot.









 The roundabout is also home to the New Zealand War Memorial in London dedicated toall those New Zealanders who lost their lives during the First and Second World War.  It consists of 16 cross shaped bronze posts. Each post has some text and patterns.The sculptor - Paul Dibble explains 'Through the words and images, any New Zealander visiting the memorial will recognise home and British people may learn something of the relationship between our two countries'

 Six of the posts are arranged to form the shape of the Southern Cross and these are illuminated at night, pointing the way home for any lost New Zealanders.


Directly opposite the New Zealand War Memorial is the Australian War memorial in London. It is dedicated to the 102,000 Australians who died in the First and Second World wars.

 
 The memorial is made from grey-green Australian granite. The semicircular wall has the 23,844 towns in which the soldiers were born with the 47 names of the battles in which Australia was involved superimposed onto them.







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20 comments:

  1. I was just putting my photos of Wellington Arch and the other memorials there in my album this morning! I did not know part of the New Zealand memorial was lit at night in the shape of the Southern Cross and I really like that idea. Those columns were so unusual and intriguing.
    I photographed the exact same part of the Australia memorial because it had the word Gallipoli on it and I loved that movie.

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  2. Boy do we need an angel of peace for real … all those poor soldiers dead!

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  3. War memorials are so sobering. But it is good to remember the people who have sacrified their lives for their country.

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  4. Another place for me to visit sometime when I get up to London. For some reason I thought Marble Arch was at Hyde Park Corner but that is a magnificent arch

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  5. Marble Arch is so impressive. Interesting to see and learn more about the other memorials.

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  6. I feel solemn just looking at the photos.

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  7. It's important to remember those who have given their lives for their countries.

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  8. What a lovely memorial. The Arch is gorgeous too. Lovely images, thanks for sharing your world.
    Have a happy week!

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  9. So important to remember. It seems a perfect memorial.

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  10. It's lovely to think that soldiers from this side of the world are remembered with such interesting memorials. This is another very interesting and enjoyable post - thanks!

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  11. Very interesting. I like the angel of peace. Seeing the name Piccadilly reminds me of my trip to London ions ago. A friend took me to Piccadilly Circus.

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  12. Nice shots of the memorial.

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  13. It's good to know the ANZACs are remembered all that way from home - they fought together all over the world.
    Hopefully next time we are the UK this will be on the list of things to see.
    Take care
    Cathy

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  14. This is a good post - and its a bit of contrast to the politically motivated comments made by a certain UK minister of state in the Daily Mail.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  15. Those are touching remembrances for the brave soldiers who came from so far to fight for our freedom. I like the creative way the artists made the momuments

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  16. Great shots and a touching post.

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  17. Haven't seen that yet ! but can send you greetings from Wellington in Waterloo, lol ! If ever you come here you can try out his bed ! Probably a bit small a 10 year old would just fit in it !

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  18. Hi There, Guess you have heard that we are having a huge Arctic Blast of Frigid air here... This morning it was MINUS 10 (F) on our deck.. BUT--it's finally gonna warm up (I hope).

    Beautiful war memorial.... AND- what a busy Roundabout that must be....

    Happy 2014.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. Great images, especially the first one at Hyde Park. I love the concept of your blog also.

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  20. nice images but so sad they have to be there.

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