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ImageThink London and think Trafalgar Square. This iconic square in the heart of central London gets its name from the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. What was once a congested, pigeon infested area has now, thanks to recent efforts, transformed into a dynamic ‘World Square’. The Nelson Column guarded by the four lion statues forms the centrepiece of the square with various other statues and sculptures situated around it in the square including, occasionally, especially commsioned works of art.
To the north side of the square you will find, perhaps one of the worlds greatest gallery, the National Gallery. Founded in 1824, the gallery has on display more than 2300 paintaings dating as far back in history as the mid 13th century.  Walk in for an enchanting tryst with Rembrandt and van Gogh and prepare to be dazzled.
Around the corner from Trafalgar Square is the National Potrait Gallery which houses potriats of important and famous British figures. When the gallery opened in 1856, it was the first of its kind in the world. The collection includes not only paintings, drawings and sculpture but also caricatures and photographs.

Trafalgar Square, WC2

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, WC2
Tel: (020) 7747 2885.
Website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Opening hours: Thurs-Tues 1000-1800, Wed 1000-2100.
Free admission; charge for some of the temporary exhibitions.

National Portrait Gallery
2 St Martin's Place, WC2
Tel: (020) 7312 2463 (recorded information) or 7306 0055.
Website: www.npg.org.uk
Opening hours: Sat-Wed 1000-1800, Thurs and Fri 1000-2100.
Free admission; charge for some of the temporary exhibitions. 

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