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- Nelson Monument

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1806, David Hamilton

The 44m (144 feet) tall Nelson Monument was the first monument erected in Britain to commemorate the naval victories of Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). Around the base are the names of his famous victories: Aboukir (1798), Copenhagen (1801) and Trafalgar (1805), where he was killed.

Only four years after it was built, the monument was struck by lightning, knocking 6m (20 feet) off the top; the damage is still visible. It was later fitted with a lightning conductor.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

The tall Nelson Monument soars above the low-lying land close to the River Clyde.

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