Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Fountain in Trafalgar Square, London, England

I am here again to give you an update about my Europe Travel and Adventure. Sometimes I am thinking what to share and feature here. Finally, I decided to share about one of the famous squares in United Kingdom which is Trafalgar Square. I thought I can only see this place on travel catalogues but I was there last 2008. During our visit here, it was raining so hard that we could hardly take a good picture of this square. It was autumn in October 2008 when a friend accompanied and toured me here in London. I also read that Trafalgar Square ranks as the fourth most popular tourist attraction on Earth with more than fifteen million visitors a year. I therefore concluded that I am one of those lucky and happy tourists who had seen personally this famous attraction not only in United Kingdom but in the whole world as well.

Here is a picture I took during my visit. More images to come next time!

The Fountain in Trafalgar Square England..This was taken during my three weeks vacation in England.

The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), 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 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.



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