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Thursday, 19 February 2009

Skywatch Friday - Anteros


Gazing down over Piccadilly Circus the naked angel statue with bow and arrows of Anteros. Built around 1893 as a monument to the philanthropic 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, it created a bit of controversy for the puritanical Christians at the time who felt it was vulgar. In an attempt to appease them it was renamed the Angel of Christian Charity.
These days it is generally referred to as Eros, the frivolous brother of Anteros

Pay a visit to other skywatchers around the globe.

70 comments:

Tabib said...

Great statue and blue sky. Nice Eros.

bobbie said...

Whatever you choose to call it, I like it! And the blue, blue sky is the perfect background.

Ida said...

Great shot!
Cool! :)

nessabates said...

What a beautiful statue.

Candie Bracci said...

Yes I did call him like that too,back in the days.
:)

DandAinNYC said...

Love your blog, saw it on Blogs of Note. I'm new to London myself (only 1 month) and I think your blog will be helpful and enjoyable! Thanks! - Amy http://dandatraveltheworld.blogspot.com/

Hilda said...

Hmmm… now I need to review my Greek and Roman mythology — I'm drawing a blank with Anteros. Thanks for the push! :D

Love the statue, but I can imagine the howls of protest back then. I think it'll still happen here in Manila.

Louise said...

Renaming for appeasement is just so funny--and typical!

/t. said...

another
great image

the cropping
makes this one!

v.nice!

/t.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Congratulations for being a Blog of Note.

kanmuri said...

That's a funny story. I'm sure it's not the only case of a greek God posing for a Christian saint or angel ;)

Champ Townboy said...

Great shot! And thanks for the history. I only had the privilege of visiting London a couple of times (long, long ago), but Picadilly Circus was amazing to me!

Midtown blogger said...

Great photo!

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sohbet said...

beautiful

Sylvia K said...

Great shot and what a perfect back drop for Eros!

Như Quỳnh said...

i have the same feeling like them :)) GREAT Blog! Your blog's the first one i follow.
Your blog makes me love London!
Ah,I'm from Vietnam and I'm learning English haha.

Melanie C. said...

As a Texas obsessed with London and all thing British - this is a great blog! I'll be checking in daily!

Ken Mac said...

Thanks for visiting my NYC blog. I love London and miss it so!

White Oleander said...

Blue sky during winter makes me happy:)

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Rainbow said...

great shot! ít taking my eyes and mind...thanks for sharing!

Martin In Bulgaria said...

A popular meeting place as well.

andin said...

beautiful pose, isn't it? makes it looks like floating..

Sharon said...

Great shot!

Babooshka said...

It's perectly captured. You don't get many skies like that in London so this is fabulous.

*Nic* said...

Great pics! How do you manage to make London look so pretty? Because I know it's not!

Insults said...

Bon photo!

Absent said...

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Thanks

floreta said...

cool statue!

floreta said...

cool statue!

The Uneasy Writer said...

A photo blog on London and not a photo of a pub in sight! Thanks! ;)

JM said...

This is so beautiful! Fantastic choice for the skywatch theme!

globalfriends02 said...

This is really cool.

Nikki-ann said...

Piccadilly Circus wouldn't be the same without it! Great shot :)

Living in Brazil said...

Wow, I just found your blog and these are some amazing pictures you take.. How beautiful!

The Prodigal Tourist said...

New to London from where? I used to be from London, good to see it with fresh eyes.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

New to London from where? I used to be from London, good to see it with fresh eyes.

ElleLoup said...

I love your blog. I had one when I studied in France in 2003. They're all old posts, but fellow travellers might enjoy the culture comparisons. It's elleloup.blogspot.com.
Keep the pictures coming!

Gattina said...

I remember that very well ! what an extraordinary blue sky ... and that in London !

Donna Marino said...

What a gorgeous place, London is.

Rob Scanlon said...

Very nice love the shot

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Andrew Cruz said...

wow! lovely pictures.. thanks for sharing those with 'fresh eyes' :). i love to see London myself

the treat girl said...

I'm so happy I found your blog on Blogs of Note...congratulations!!..my sister recently got a flat in London and she loves it!! I haven't been there since college, so I'm looking forward to seeing it with "fresh eyes"...check out my blog thetreatgirl.blogspot.com ...have fun!!!

Ruela said...

oh I miss this place!

beautiful.

KekeLynn said...

I love London, very cool blog!!

tom said...

wow sweet photos I am communicating with someone in london right now and this gives me a great peek at what to look forward to when I go.

Eternity said...

the perfect capture... you're talented!!

Peter said...

So, next time I pass Piccadilly Circus, I must remember this as the Angel of Christian Charity!!

lunarossa said...

Never seen Anteros so near! Looks quite sexy actually! Ciao. A.

P.T.A. Transit said...

Congratulations for being "A Blog Of Note"

Brown Blogger said...

Beautiful. I'm glad I found your blog on Blogs of Note.

mitt vattenhål said...

Fresh Eyes on London thts just what we need. wish I could do the same with Stockholm :-)
will follow your blogg, lots of useful information and very very nice photos

/christina

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Josiane said...

Hello!! Lovely blog.. I love London so much. That is one of my favourite spots of it. xx

Wendy Kay said...

Love the blog! I have never been to London, but wish to visit very much! Will definitely check back to see more of it! Thanks!

Princess Paradox said...

What lovely pictures. I'm a born and breed Londoner and it's interesting to see the viewpoint of someone new to the city. Nice one.

Jenn Jilks said...

Thanks for the vicarious travels. Congrats on Blog of Note! Central Ontario is rather cold these days.

catchtwentytwo said...

london never ceases to amaze in its artistic qualities! i wish to live/study there someday..

Liz said...

I love angels. The blue sky captured in this picture makes it even more heavenly. It's funny, because I always imagined London to be a cloudy city. This blue sky just proved me wrong.

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Matthew said...

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Helen said...

This is such a pretty statue. Thanks for the information on it as well as for the picture. :]

EmpressII said...

Oh dear, my heart is crying. I got married in England in 1989, and Piccadilly Circus was one of the places we visited. I will never ever remember that time of my life, not just because of the wedding but because of the beautiful country. We are soon going back to live there, I cannot wait

EmpressII said...

Okay I made a booboo, I will never ever forget that time at Piccadilly Circus....so sorry

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