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Admiralty Arch Review
This stately gateway to the Mall (rhymes with 'shall') is one of London's finest set pieces. On the southwest corner of Trafalgar Square, the arch, named after the adjacent Royal Navy headquarters, was designed by Sir Aston Webb and completed in 1912 as a memorial to Queen Victoria. Actually comprised of five arches—two for pedestrians, two for traffic, and the central arch which is only opened for state occasions—it's a suitably grand, impressive way to approach Buckingham Palace.
A quirky feature of the arch is its curious "nose": About 7 feet up, on the inside wall of the most northerly arch is a nose-sized and -shaped protrusion; many thought it based on the schnozzle of Wellington himself, until it turned out to be the work of guerilla artist, Rick Buckley, in 1997.
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