EROS Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, popularly but incorrectly known as “Eros”, is a fountain surmounted by a winged statue of Anteros, located at the southeastern side of Piccadilly Circus in London, England.

If crowds don’t bother you then why not pop the question in front of the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus. It has to be one of the most romantic places to propose in London.

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain as it’s officially known was erected to commemorate Lord Shaftesbury, a Victorian philanthropist and politician. It was the first aluminium cast sculpture in the world and still looks as striking today as when it first attracted controversy for being a nude figure.

The 1893 statue commonly known as ‘Eros’ was apparently erected as his brother, Anteros, the ‘Angel of Christian Charity’, but it is so often identified as Eros by very reputable sources that we are not sure.   The statue is the first to be made of aluminium. The fountain is bronze, or copper, depending on source.  

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