Nelson's Column

Nelson's Column
Nelson's Column
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One of the traditional epicenters of London, Trafalgar Square, today pays homage to one of its most revered military men in history: the Admiral Nelson. This sailor is evoked with a 52-meter granite column erected in 1843 and at the top of which is the Nelson statue. That is to say, it is a great commemorative monument of classical forms and memories, in fact the gigantic column is topped by a Corinthian capital. Therefore, we are talking about a creation typical of Neoclassical art, as is the case with the tomb in honor of the military man found inside St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Nelson's Column in London

Nelson's Column in London

The most obvious thing within all this urban space is the column with the statue, but perhaps the most interesting thing is at its base, among other things because you can very well appreciate the details of its grandiose pedestal, where you can see some magnificent bas-reliefs made in bronze, a bronze cast from the bronze of the French cannons that were defeated and requisitioned by Horace Nelson's troops.

nelson statue

Nelson Statue

Each one of these bas-reliefs presents us with scenes that evoke four battles won by the British Army. It's the Battles of Copenhagen,Cape Saint Vincent, the Nile and Trafalgar. And as a complement, flanking these reliefs and as a complement to the great pedestal are four lions, also cast in bronze and which are the work of Sir Edwin Landseer.

Actually, this entire large square is named after one of Nelson's most famous victories, the Battle of Trafalgar, in which the British defeated the French navy and Spanish.

In fact, this square was designed by the great architect John Nash, author of outstanding buildings at the time such as the Royal Pavillion in the city of Brighton . And although that design was made in 1820, it took practically 20 years to carry out the works to finally finish Trafalgar Square, that is, the square was practically completed at the same time that the Nelson Column monument was being designed, since that the project dates from the year 1838, at which time it was carried out by an artist not too well known as it is William Railton.

To end by saying that Trafalgar Square is a very important place for all lovers of art history, since two of the most interesting museums in Great Britain are located here and therefore from all over the world: the National Gallery in London and the National Portrait Gallery specializing in portraits.

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