Friday, August 3, 2012

Achilles Statue, Hyde Park

The statue of Achilles is located in Hyde Park, in the centre of the British capital. It was built as a tribute to Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington by the "Women of England". Created in 1822 and inaugurated on the 18th June of the same year, it reads:

To Arthur, Duke of Wellington, 
and his brave companions in arms
this statue of Achilles
cast from cannons won at the victories
of Salmanaca, Vittoria, Toulouse and
is inscribed by their countrymen.
It was the first statue of a naked man on public display in London. Originally anatomically correct, the fig leaf was added later to save blushes although it has been chipped of twice (in 1870 and 1961). 

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