Great Britain, London – Trafalgar Square
Last week we have seen one of the most famous district of London, Soho. Once it was a red light district. Today, however, we move on.
Each of you have heard the name Nelson. I do not think that Nelson from the famous TV series The Simpsons, but Admiral Nelson, one of the most famous sailors in British history. Probably you in connection with his name recall battle against the French fleet at Trafalgar in 1805, he won the Admiral, but was mortally wounded. Nevertheless became famous in other naval battles as Abukir, where he again fought against the French.
Where in London could find memories of the famous general? One of the most important jobs is certainly Trafalgar Square. You can get it very easily by bus, in essence, that there buses abound. If you take the subway, your output station should be Charing Cross or Embankment Station. Unfortunately Trafalgar at first glance looks more like a big roundabout than a flashy imperial square. But do not get fooled.
The first thing you will notice the square is a monumental column with a statue of Admiral Nelson. However, it is somewhat awkward to get into a position so you can really see the column. Whether it's the constant running around or constant swarm of tourists. Anyway, if you look at the bottom of the column, you will see a metal relief. It was created from pieces of metal that was captured after his victorious battles. The actual relief then depicts Nelson's famous naval battles. The whole composition of the monument, as you can see today, along with the four lions around, was completed in 1867.
Trafalgar Square is therefore mainly a reminder of the glorious era of the British Navy, which was for centuries one of the most powerful in the world. In the northern part of the square so you can see the busts of other famous admirals were as Jellicoe, Beatty and Cunningham.
If you want to really enjoy Trafalgar, it would be for the best if you avoid foggy or rainy days, the square looks more depressed than you shone its imperial grandeur. The best way is to visit here during a nice sunny day. Try to get to the square of Pall Mall. Supposedly you so arises one of the most beautiful views of London. On the left side you will have a wonderful building of the National Gallery, and on the right you will see in the distance a monument to Nelson. Sometime in the forefront of one of the two fountains Square.
One of the most beautiful time when Trafalgar really worth seeing during the Christmas season, when there is more radiant Christmas tree. This makes Norway the UK every year since the end of World War II.
To be continued.
Text: Maxim Kucer
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After a short break we return to England, more precisely to the county of Oxfordshire, where we visit one of the most famous university cities in the world - Oxford. This 160,000 center of education offers almost forty dormitories, amazing history, monuments, personalities and, last but not least, its noble atmosphere.
Once, London was the largest city in the world. They ruled the entire British empire from here. Precious goods was imported from all around the world and ships departed for adventure and came back later. Today, people from all around the world come here – either to trade, work, admire amazing sights, enjoy local atmosphere or get a taste of world's cuisine.
Today, we visit the town of Windsor located 30 kilometers west of London in Berkshire. This little town features beautiful half-timbered houses, winding streets, and cobllestone sidewalks.
The famous cathedral belongs to the greatest sights in the city. It is the seat of the archbishop of Canterbury, the highest church official of the Church of England. However, Canterbury has been important Christian location for a long time. In the early Middle Ages, St Augustin baptised Anglo-Saxons. In 597, he became the first English bishop. His grave lays close to the city walll. Its importance surpasses even that of the cathedral itself.
Lincolnshire is the destination for today. It is located in east England. The main city is Lincoln which along with Windsor, Warwick, Canterbury, London and York belongs to the most important historic cities of England. The city is home to 130 thousand people. It lays on the River Witham with amazing cathedral rising above buildings around. The center of the city features historic houses, fortification built by the Normans, and you may even see remains of ancient Roman architecture.
Brighton is the most popular and famous sea resort on the English Channel. Once, this large city was a simple fishing village which became increasingly popular among English nobility in the 18th century. They travelled here to breathe fresh sea air and relax in luxurious spa. Today, Brighton is open to anyone. Its pebble beaches are lined with souvenire stores and various attractions.
St Davids is less than 2,000 inhabitants, making it the smallest town in the UK. Most of its area is occupied by the Cathedral of St. David and the premises associated with it. This building also helped the city to its unusual status, it is the largest church building in Wales and it houses the remains of St. David, so obviously can not be part of the village, but the city.
Bath was a spa town in the past, designed especially for sick and crippled visitors. At the beginning of the 18th century, however, it began to attract individuals with a desire for entertainment and relaxation in a picturesque setting. So over time, the visit to Bath became a tradition for many, and the city soon reached its greatest fame.
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