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Albertopolis

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Today we visited the Albertopolis area of London. Notsile and I ended up at another tube station, so we missed the first part of the tour walking through the Victoria & Albert Museum, but we were able to catch up and see them in front of the Science Museum.

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art

Royal College of Organists

Royal College of Organists

Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music

The main part of the tour was focused on the Albert Memorial, which was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Prince Albert, who died of typhoid in 1861. The statue is surrounded by four corners representing the four continents – Africa, America, Asia, and Europe.

Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial

Africa

Africa

America

America

Asia

Asia

Europe

Europe

Each continent-group included several ethnographic figures and a large animal: a camel for Africa, a bison for America, an elephant for Asia, and a bull for Europe. The Memorial also contained the four statues depicting Victorian industrial arts and sciences: agriculture, commerce, engineering, and manufacturing.  

Agriculture

Agriculture

Commerce

Commerce

Engineering

Engineering

Manufactures

Manufactures

According to Wikipedia, “the pillars and niches of the canopy feature eight statues representing the practical arts and sciences: Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Geometry (on the four pillars) and Rhetoric, Medicine, Philosophy and Physiology (in the four niches)“.

Astronomy

Astronomy

Chemistry

Chemistry

Geology

Geology

Geometry

Geometry

Finally, we wandered around a bit more to see the rest of ‘Albertopolis’, including the Royal Colleges (Art, Botanists,  Music). Then we headed off to the National History Museum before Andrew gave us permission to leave, but some of us stuck around for a long enough time to take more photos before heading off.

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