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Trafalgar Square was built following the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The man responsible for this famous naval victory, which finally destroyed French naval power and secured Britain from invasion, was Admiral Horatio Nelson. A column, with statue of Nelson at the summit is the centerpiece of the square. At the base of the column are the renowned Landseer lions. Renovations in 2003 removed traffic lanes to make room for a sizable staircase, connecting the National Portrait Gallery
to the square. The National Gallery
and the National Portrait Gallery border one side of the Square, and it's a good place to sit and soak up the atmosphere on a sunny day.