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The Crystal Palasce

The Crystal Palace, View from Water Temple Photo from Wikimedia Commons

The Crystal Palace was one of the signature landmarks of Victorian London. It was built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, which showcased many of the wonders of the Industrial Revolution. After the Exhibition ended it was moved to a park on Sydenham Hill and remained there until it was destroyed by fire in 1936.

The Crystal Park Dinosaurs

“The famous dinosaurs!” — Ione D in Epicurean Incident. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Besides the Palace, the park featured the famous Hawkins dinosaur statues, which were among the first scholarly recreations of those prehistoric creatures. Of course, many of their conceptions were spectacularly wrong. Unlike the Palace, these statues remain and were extensively restored in 2002.