Wellington Arch :: Visitors' Map of London :: A-Z Maps
Wellington ArchThis grand classical style triumphal arch was built c.1828 to designs by Decimus Burton. First constructed as an entrance to Hyde Park, the Arch was moved and realigned on its present commanding position at the top of the ceremonial route of Constitution Hill in 1882.
The interior visitor centre has three floors of exhibits detailing the history of the arch, and visitors can access terraces on top of the arch, which give very good views of Hyde Park, Green Park, and glimpses of the private gardens of Buckingham Palace.
The frieze is based on the Elgin Marbles to be seen in the British Museum. A massive statue of Wellington once stood on top but was replaced by the present spectacular bronze quadriga - depicting the angel of peace descending on the chariot of war in 1912.
See Also: Marble Arch
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