Hyde Park #1: Marble Arch
First to Capture: rodz
Last Capture: Feb 01, 2013
Number of Captures: 30
Located just outside the Royal Park. Attached. Do Not Remove. Let's just say this one is an experiment to see how long a Munzee can last in plain view of 1000's of muggles every day!
Low Down Behind. If you cant see it, it's probably gone!
Marble Arch is a white Carrara-marble monument at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Edgware Road, almost directly opposite Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park in London, England. The arch is on a large traffic island, which also includes a very small park, in the midst of swirling traffic.
In 1828, John Nash designed the arch based on the triumphal arch of Constantine in Rome. It was originally erected on The Mall as a gateway to the new Buckingham Palace. At that time, Buckingham Palace did not yet have its present flat east front, which meant that the inner courtyard, flanked by two wings, was still open on one side. The Marble Arch was placed at the entrance to this open side of the courtyard.
In 1855, the arch was moved to its present location during the building of the east front of the palace.