I spent an afternoon at the Albert Memorial a few weeks back. Commissioned by Queen Victoria to honor her husband, Price Albert, who died of typhoid at the young age of 42, the memorial was opened in 1872, 11 years after this death. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Gothic Revival style and is truly a work of art.
I'm including this shot of me beside it, so you can get an idea of its size. It stands 176 feet tall and took 10 years to build.
The statue of Albert himself was seated 3 years after the opening, and it was covered with gold leaf in the late 1990's when it underwent some restoration work. Prince Albert faces
the Royal Albert Hall, an arts venue that also honors him.
The canopy features mosaics from Murano, Venice,
while the spire is crowned with eight statues of the moral and Christian virtues, and above that, you see gilded angels with their arms extended towards heaven.
On the four corners are two sets of allegorical sculpture. One is a group representing the Victorian industrial arts and sciences, and the other group is of the four continents. Shown here is Europe
and the Americas. My two homes for this time of my life.
One of the most spectacular features of the Albert Memorial is the Frieze of Parnassus. Around the base of the memorial are 169 life size statues representing the arts.
Represented are sculpters
poets and musicians,
Reading about the great love story between Victoria and Albert will whet your appetite to learn even more. Their love story is timeless, and this memorial is a testament of Victoria's adoration of her husband, and the accomplishments of Prince Albert in his lifetime.