Admiralty Arch is a landmark building in London which incorporates an archway providing road and pedestrian access between The Mall and Trafalgar Square.
It was designed by Sir Aston Webb, constructed by John Mowlem & Co and completed in 1912.
The building was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria, although he did not live to see its completion.
A Latin inscription along the top reads:
: ANNO : DECIMO : EDWARDI : SEPTIMI : REGIS :
: VICTORIÆ : REGINÆ : CIVES : GRATISSIMI : MDCCCCX :
In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910
Another famous feature of Admiralty Arch is its “nose”. On the inside wall of the northernmost arch there is a small protrusion the size and shape of a human nose. It was placed there by artist Rick Buckley in 1997 as part of a campaign against the “Big Brother” society.
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