ALBERT MEMORIAL

At the approach to Kensington Gardens lies the magnificent monument raised in honour of Prince Albert (1819-1861), consort of Queen Victoria. The monument was built 15 years after the death of the popular Prince whom Disareli described in the following manner: «This German Prince has governed England for twenty-one years with a wisdom and energy such as none of our kings have ever shown». This 55m tall monument, designed by sir George Gilbert Scott, represents one of the most significant sculptural achievements of the Victorian era. The Albert Memorial was inspired by medieval Gothic shrines. The monuments centrepiece is the golden plated statue of Prince Albert, by John Foley. The statue itself represents different Arts and Industries, whilst the four corners represent countries. The impressive design incorporates 169 figures.

ALBERT MEMORIAL