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Victoria Square

History

Victoria Square is a public square in the city of Birmingham and quite possibly the most beautiful of them all. The three main roads of the city Colmore Row, New Street and Paradise Street meet at the square which is also considered to be the centre of the city. Most of the major public events are held at the square which has fountains and magnificent artwork spread all around it.

Earlier known as the Council House Square the square was renamed to honour Queen Victoria in the year 1901. The square also used to be one of the busiest traffic intersections of the city until it was converted into a fully pedestrian square with a view to make it one of the main tourist attractions of the city. The square attracts visitors not only because of the view but also because of the artwork present on the square. The River or The Floozie in the Jacuzzi designed by Indian born Dhruva Mistry is the largest of them all. The River features a 1.75 tonne bronze statue of a woman, 2.8 metres tall, 2.5 m wide and 4 m long in the middle of a pool lined with Watts cliff sandstone. The River is one of the 4 sets of works present on the square designed by Mistry the others being Guardians, Youth and Object Variations. Another sculpture of prominence is the Iron: Man by Antony Gormley. The statue is 6 metres tall and weighs 6 metric tons. The most noticeable feature about the statue is that its feet are buried into the pavement. It was designed as a representation of the traditional skills of the people of Birmingham and the Black Country during the Industrial Revolution. There is also a bronze re-casted statue of Queen Victoria on the square.

The Victoria Square is not only famous for its artwork but also for the events that are hosted on the square. The Square is the heart of the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair which is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria with the fair offering traditional handcrafted gifts, including jewellery, wooden toys, dolls and candles. You can also have a taste of the German culture due to the presence of several shops selling German food, beers, wines and pastries. Also the square contains a 27 ft wide screen TV that telecasts news and regular football matches.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Birmingham is from April through the month of October. The English winter lasts from November to February and sees temperatures dropping to almost zero along with regular snowfall and erratic rainfall.

Trivia

Queen Victoria died 12 days after the Victoria Square was named so in her honour.

Timing

There is no time constraint on visiting the Victoria Square although late night excursions should be avoided.


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