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Piccadilly Circus is the heart of London , the capital city of Great Britain . It is an important traffic spot and five main streets meet here. This busy crossroads is one of the most famous and most photographed places in the city. It is said that if you stand here long enough, you will meet all of your friends. This crossroads is also considered an entrance gate to an amusement part of London as it connects shopping streets and streets with theatres. A theatre called Criterion is situated right on Piccadilly Circus.

Glance into History

In the year of 1819, two main shopping streets, Piccadilly Street and Regent Street, were connected into a circular shape. Shaftesbury Avenue, Coventry Street and Glasshouse Street also quite naturally lead into Piccadilly Circus, too. It kept its elegance with houses with decorated facades for some time. In the year of 1910, the first advertisement was lit in Piccadilly Circus. Then advertisements spread to all of the buildings but since 1923, they can be placed on one of them only.

God's Statue

Advertisements and a statue of god Eros are typical for Piccadilly Circus. In the year of 1893, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain was built in the centre of the crossroads. It has a statue of a winged Angel of Mercy. It looks so much like the god of love, Eros, that he is called this way instead. The fountain was built to commemorate a famous Victorian politic lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, the count of Shaftesbury. Later the fountain was moved to the side of the crossroads from its centre.

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GPS: 51.5099, -0.1345
Altitude: 35 m
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