Charles I Statue

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Charles I Statue
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This grand statue of King Charles I is one of London's famous landmarks, which provides visitors with excellent views and a great photo opportunity.
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The area
Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 2 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Charles I
Oct 2021
Equestrian statue of King Charles I who famously got himself executed for treason. The king is depicted on horseback, wearing full armour and holding I guess a sceptre. The horse is male and shown anatomically correct.
Written October 30, 2021
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,092 contributions
Trafalgar Square
Mar 2020 • Friends
This bronze equestrian statue made by a French sculptor is somewhat notable due to the lack of a helmet on his head whilst he is in armour.
Written March 18, 2020
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Statue with a colourful history
Nov 2019 • Solo
The statue was sculpted in 1633 and the plinth was supposedly carved to designs drawn by Christopher Wren and Grinling Gibbons. After Charles’s execution it was meant to be destroyed but was hidden and saved, before being installed in its present location in 1675. It was moved again during WW2 before reinstated after the war ended. The carvings on the plinth have started to wear badly, presumably because of air pollution. The statue is impressive with a sense of movement in the horse and a slightly arrogant look on the face of the King.
Written November 13, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Tall, Grand
Sep 2019
This is one of many statues and monuments in Trafalgar Square, just up from Whitehall.

Charles I, King of England is riding on his horse. The statue is made out of bronzed metal and the base from Portland Stone, I believe.
Written September 9, 2019
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Climb14ers
Colorado Springs, CO1,762 contributions
Charles l
Jun 2019 • Couples
One of the many statues in Trafalgar Square. This commemorates the guy who lost his head. Pretty standard statue.
Written June 7, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Charles the First
Mar 2019 • Solo
The equestrian statue of the British monarch Charles I, of the Royal House of Stuarts and only King executed by the Cromwell forces after the civil war.

The statue is the first Renaissance-style equestrian statue in England. Following the civil war and poor Charles being on the losing side, the statue was sold to a metalsmith to be broken down, but it was hidden it until the collapse of the Protectorate and the restoration of the British monarchy.

The statue shows Charles I on horseback, wearing a demi-suit of armour. In his right hand, he holds a baton and the reins of the horse in his left.
Written March 3, 2019
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Pittsburgh, PA36,337 contributions
Ok
Sep 2018 • Couples
There are so many statues in London and this one gets lost among the really famous ones. I really would not go out of my way.
Written October 1, 2018
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Laurence B
Aberdeen, UK4,344 contributions
Not bad
Aug 2018 • Couples
A statue to represent a King who met a bad end. It is difficult to get to this statue and is not truely worth much else of a mention
Written August 9, 2018
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,549 contributions
Don't Just Cross The Road,Stop At The Traffic Island & Take A Proper Look.
Nov 2017 • Couples
I am a regular visitor to London & I decided on a recent visit for Armistice Day to walk & take in more detail the various statues & memorials of our famous politicians & war hero's.
This statue is on its one little traffic island at Trafalgar Square facing towards Whitehall.
Don't just cross the road,stop at the traffic island and take a proper look at this magnificent statue. It is also a good place to stop to take photographs of the area.
Written November 13, 2017
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Bobbie W
Warwick, RI1,154 contributions
Beautifully carved pedestal!
Jul 2017 • Couples
Beautifully carved pedestal with Charles 1 standing upon it. One of the first statues you see in the center of London, I. Trafalgar Square.
Written August 17, 2017
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