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Nelson's Column - Trafalgar Square
Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square

Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square

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Nelson's Column arrived in Trafalgar Square in 1843, and commemorates the one-armed, one-eyed admiral who died defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The column is 169 feet 5 3/4 inches (51.659 meters) high, and the statue is actually more than triple life-size.

The four bronze lions at the base of the column, by Edwin Landseer, didn't arrive until 1868. It's a bit of a scramble to get up there, but many people have a friend take their photo sitting on top of a lion!

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