Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Places I have seen (part 1) with a little history as well

Hi everyone

Just thought I would post some posts about my sightseeings so far and because there is a lot of history behind these places, thought I would include that as well. Sorry if its gets too boring, hopefully the pictures will make it interesting.


Trafalgar Square is a square in London, England that commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (The Battle of Trafalgar (1805) (was a naval battle west of Cape Trafalgar in the province of Cádiz in south-west Spain. In the Battle of Trafalgar, a British fleet of 27 ships of the line defeated an allied French and Spanish fleet of 33 ships of the line on 21 October 1805 in the most decisive naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars. The French and Spanish lost 22 ships, while the British lost none. The British commander Admiral Lord Nelson died late in the battle. Since then he has been considered one of Britain's greatest naval heroes) a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. The original name was to have been "King William the Fourth's Square", but George Ledwell Taylor suggested the name "Trafalgar Square".

The northern area of the square had been the site of the
King's Mews since the time of Edward I, while the southern end was the original Charing Cross, where the Strand from the City met Whitehall, coming north from Westminster. As the midpoint between these twin cities, Charing Cross is to this day considered the heart of London, from which all distances today are measured.

In the 1820s the Prince Regent engaged the landscape architect John Nash to redevelop the area. Nash cleared the square as part of his Charing Cross Improvement Scheme. The present architecture of the square is due to Sir Charles Barry and was completed in 1845.

The square, a popular site for political
demonstrations, is the site of Nelson's Column as well as other statues and sculptures of note.

Nelson's column

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