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Marble Arch

Marble Arch

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Marble Arch is an architectural monument situated at the junction opposite Hyde Park in London. It was originally constructed as an entrance to the Buckingham palace. This monument is made of the purest white carrara marble and is an outstanding landmark in London. So much so, surrounding facilities are named after it, like an underground train station. At the time of construction, only the royal family were allowed to pass through the arch.

Marble Arch was designed by the architect John Nash in the year 1825, but construction did not commence until about two years later in 1827. Construction stopped, however, before completion owing to the rising costs but was restarted in 1833 under the supervision of another man Edward Blore. It was soon completed with many of the original plans of John Nash omitted so as to save cost. Over the years, Marble Arch lost its polished sheen due to the high amount of pollution in the city of London atmosphere; this warranted its dismantling and relocation in 1850.

Marble Arch was reconstructed at the east entrance of Hyde Park in London in 1851, though it was apparently reconstructed it still had same semblance as the original design, except for the addition of a small room was grafted into the revised structure which was to be utilised as a police station many years later. Marble Arch was subsequently re-polished after the relocation and regained its glow from earlier years. It has remained in this location to date making it one of London's most prominent tourist attractions. Marble Arch is considered unique because it is made of pure marble, and it is a magnificent monument of British royalty. 

Other monuments using the name of Marble Arch were also erected in other regions of the world, such as Libya, but, from an architectural perspective, this was sadly dismantled circa 1970 with the changing politics of the region. This monument was perceived as a throwback to the Colonial powers of the Italy who were once prominent in this region.

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