Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 13, 2008

LONDON’S STATUES AND MONUMENTS

LONDON STATUES AND MONUMENTS

1. Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction and public space of London‘s West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting point and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its neon signs mounted on the northern corner building, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of an archer popularly known as ________________.

2. In Parliament Square stands the statue of one of the greatest statesmen the world has ever known. He was First Lord of the Admiralty during WW1, Minister of Munitions, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and in 1940 Prime Minister. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

3. This statue was erected in 1912. The exact location of the statue was chosen by the author of this fictional character, J.M. Barrie. Barrie lived close to Kensington Gardens and published his first story in 1902, using the park for inspiration. In his tale, The Little White Bird, his character flies out of his nursery and lands beside the lake – on the spot where the statue now stands.

4. This monument stands in Whitehall, London. It is undecorated save for a carved wreath on each end and the words “The Glorious Dead”, chosen by Rudyard Kipling. It is the site of the annual national service of remembrance held at 11:00 a.m. on Remembrance Sunday, the closest Sunday to 11 November (Armistice Day).

5. Outside the Houses of Parliament there stands a statue of King ______________________ seated on his horse as testimony that he was one of England’s bravest and greatest kings. He was the son of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, married Berengaria of Navarre and on his way back from the Crusades he was eventually captured by the Duke of Austria. A heavy ransom was demanded for his release. Who is he?

KEY

1. EROS

2. WINSTON CHURCHILL

3. PETER PAN

4. THE CENOTAPH

5. RICHARD THE LIONHEART

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