The Terraces

The Terraces

Surprisingly, the Italian Terraces in front of the Crystal Palace, which burnt down in 1936 after its relocation here, are still largely intact. From their vantage point at the top of the rise, these Grade 2 listed structures overlook a grassy area, with a wide “Grand Central Walk” leading down to a monument to Paxton, the new National Sports Centre, and Crystal Palace Park itself.

The terraces consist of an upper and a lower terrace, linked by flights of steps. Along the balustrade of the lower terrace stand three of the original row of statues representing the different parts of empire. One is just the lower part of a figure and another is a female figure in robes, without a head; but the third, which stands next to the impressively wide main steps, has been described as a “reasonably complete male figure, standing, robed, with a turban, beard and cloak thrown back over his shoulders and hands clasped in front of him”.