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Apsley House is directly connected to the Duke of Wellington, one of the most famous English statesman. The beautiful building that stands alone at Hyde Park Corner is also known as Number One. This is in reference of its physical address which was the first to be seen when people entered London from the countryside through the toll in Knightsbridge.
The house was built by Robert Adam one of the great architect from Georgian times for Lord Apsley. After a succession of owners it became the place for the Duke of Wellington in 1807 who was in of a base for his political career.
Today the building is listed and run by English Heritage. Some part of the building are still used by the 8th Duke of Wellington but most of the house is now open to public as a museum. The house reopened in 2014 after some refurbishment.
During the visit you'll discover one of the few preserved example of an English aristocratic town house from its period. The rooms have been maintained as much as possible in the original style and decor. It contains the 1st Duke's collection of paintings, porcelain, the silver centrepiece made for the Duke in Portugal, c. 1815, sculpture and furniture.
One of the masterpiece not to be missed during the visit is the famous sculpture by italian artist Antonio Canova representing a heroic marble nude of Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker. The sculpture was made in 1802-10 and bought by the English Government from Louis XVIII.
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