Hyde Park – UK

Just across the road from the Marble Arch in London, is the entrance to Hyde Park and that is where we’ll be going to, today.
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Hyde Park
Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Hyde Park, one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks.
Swans seem to glide on the Serpentine gracefully
When King Henry VIII and his court were thundering across Hyde Park in 1536 in pursuit of deer and wild boar, it would have been difficult to visualize that years later in the future, the noble art of Tai Chi would be peacefully performed among the trees in the early morning and the Italianate tenor of Pavarotti would echo across the park, applauded by vast audiences.
Hyde Park was created to satisfy a royal passion for hunting. But over the years it became a place where people have pursued many other pleasures.
Hyde Park, was officially opened to the public in 1637, is the largest of several royal parks in London that are connected to each other, forming one large green lung in the center of the city. The park is famous for its Speakers’ Corner.
The other parks are the neighboring Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St. James’s Park. Hyde Park covers more than 360 acres/142 hectares, and hosts many large events, including celebrations and concerts.
This looks like a scene right out of a 16th century film! – Horse carriages
It is also a popular place for jogging, swimming, rowing, picnicking and even horse riding.
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History
Hyde Park is filled with history, waiting to be uncovered
In 1536 King Henry VIII confiscated Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey. It was used primarily for hunting. King Charles I opened the park to the public in 1637. The current park layout was planned by architect Decimus Burton in 1825.
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Serpentine
The Serpentine, a large artificial lake, is located at the south end of the park and extends northwards into the neighboring Kensington Gardens, where it is called Long Water. Queen Caroline, wife of King George II had the lake constructed in 1730. It is popular for boating and swimming.
The Serpentine stretches on into the never-ending distance
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Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
Graceful swan in the Serpentine
Just southwest of the Serpentine is a memorial installed in honor of princess Diana. The modern fountain, which more resembles an artificial stream rather than a fountain, was inaugurated in 2004 by Queen Elisabeth II.
The memorial was designed by the American landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson, using computer modeling techniques. The circular fountain consists of 545 pieces of Cornish granite. Water flows from two sides at the top into a small pool at the bottom.
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Rotten Row
Rotten Row
At the south end of Hyde park is Rotten Row, a famous bridle path. The road is almost four miles long and is now used as a horse riding and jogging route.
In the 17th century the road was often used by William III. The king found the walk from Kensington Palace to St. James’s Palace too dangerous, so he had oil lamps installed along the route, thus creating the first lit public road in England.
The term “Rotten Row” is derived from the French “route du roi” or King’s road.
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Speakers’ Corner
In the 19th century Hyde Park had become a popular place for meetings. In 1872, in response to riots that erupted after police tried to disband a political meeting, Speakers’ Corner was established to create a venue where people would be allowed to speak freely.
Here, every Sunday people stand on a soap box and proclaim their views on political, religious or other items, sometimes interrupted and challenged by their audience.
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Marble Arch
 At the north-east corner of Hyde Park is the Marble Arch. It was originally built in 1827 as a gateway to Buckingham Palace, but it was moved to its present location in 1851.

The design by John Nash was based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome and the upper part of the arch was once in use as a tiny police station.We visited the Marble Arch before coming to Hyde Park, check it out.
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