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Cenotaph, London

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The Cenotaph is a war memorial on Whitehall in London, England. Its origin is in a temporary structure erected for a peace parade following the end of the First World War, and after an outpouring of national sentiment it was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom's official national war memorial.


Designed by Edwin Lutyens, the permanent structure was built from Portland stone between 1919 and 1920 by Holland, Hannen & Cubitts, replacing Lutyens' earlier wood-and-plaster cenotaph in the same location. An annual Service of Remembrance is held at the site on Remembrance Sunday, the closest Sunday to 11 November (Armistice Day) each year.

Lutyens' cenotaph design has been reproduced elsewhere in the UK and in other countries of historical British allegiance including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Bermuda and Hong Kong.
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  • Made from Portland Stone this simple but significant memorial is for all the people who fought in both world wars and is visited by the Queen on Remembrance Day.  more »
  • This memorial is on Whitehall and a reminder that we should never forgot all those who have given their lives for our freedom. No poppies at the time of my visit, but I expect it looks spectacular on....  more »
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  • Originally a temporary structure following the 1st world world war. Now a beautiful monument. Well worth seeing. Built berween 1919-1920 it is about 100 years old.
  • I enjoyed the view of this statue. In the middle of the street to raise awareness! Really nice! Well done!
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