Statue of Neptune, Bristol

Statue of Neptune, Bristol

The Statue of Neptune in Bristol has a fascinating history that spans several relocations throughout the years. Originally situated in the Temple area near Bristol Bridge, it has witnessed the growth and transformation of the city. Over time, it became a familiar sight at the head of Saint Augustine's Reach before finding its current location in the City Center.

Standing proudly in the central pedestrian area of Broad Quay, the Statue of Neptune is a remarkable example of an 18th-century lead statue, elevated on a pedestal. The statue depicts Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, with his commanding presence. On one hand, he holds a long trident, symbolizing his dominion over the oceans. The other hand grasps the tail of a magnificent fish, believed to be a sturgeon. The fish coils down and around to face forward, its mouth open wide with teeth on display.

Neptune, adorned with a regal crown, is depicted with a strategically placed drapery that is fastened to his body. The fabric flows out behind him, creating a loop over his back, which complements the curved shape of the fish below when viewed from the side. The statue's overall composition is well thought out and aesthetically pleasing.

Today, the Statue of Neptune stands as an iconic symbol of Bristol's past and present. It serves as a reminder of the city's maritime heritage and close relationship with the sea. Visitors and locals alike can admire the grandeur of the statue, appreciating its historical significance and contribution to Bristol's cultural landscape.

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Sight Name: Statue of Neptune
Sight Location: Bristol, England (See walking tours in Bristol)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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