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Centenary Square was named in 1989 for the centenary celebrations when Birmingham became city in 1889. Tess Jarray redesigned the square artistically with its paving, railings and lamps. 'The Flame of Hope' was originally erected between Baskerville House and Birmingham Rep Theatre but due to funding issues it was dismantled.
At present the new Library of Birmingham is currently being built and should be completed at the end of 2013 and on my recent visits it is why a large section to the square was cordoned off along with the removal of the Spirit and Enterprise fountain.
Some features include a variety of sculptures and statues, some sponsored by 'Per Cent For Arts'; Hall of Memory, please see separate tip; Baskerville House; International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. On a visit in 2005 I rode on the Birmingham Wheel where I got views of the city centre but has been closed since 2006.
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The square is in the heart of the city between Victoria Square, Broad Street & the canal area. Here you'll find examples of public art. The square also contains 'The Hall of Memory'. A war memorial opened in 1925 to commemorate the Birmingham citizen's who died in the First World War.
Centenary Square and Broad St, leading of Victoria/Chamberlain Squares, has become a key entertainment and night area spot in the city, with the Square itself the largest in the city.
Named as a result of the hundredth anniversary of Birmingham achieving city status in 1889, the original plan was for the square to become the main civic square, but this was abandoned with the onset of WWII. Only the large office complex - Baskerville House - had been half-completed and the Hall of Memory (1925).
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre was built in the 1970s - for a long time it was somewhat isolated and 'out of the way', and took a while to establish itself with local audiences. But the opening of the International Convention Centre (ICC) and Symphony Hall (home of the CBSO) in 1991, the development of Brindley Place and Gas Street Basin and the rejuvenation of Broad Street (which includes Ronnie Scott's jazz venue) has made the Square a destination and well used public space.
The square with its works of art, railings and lamps was designed by artist Tess Jaray and is situated in the heart of Birmingham. It features the War Memorial in its center, and is surrounded by the ICC, Hyatt Hotel, Birmingham Rep and the Symphony Hall. Just like Chamberlain and Victoria square this is worth a visit to relax and have a meal or drink. They also have a lot of events in Centenary Square, especially during holidays.
It is a very impressive building of white Portland stone, the Hall of Memory is a memorial for those who became victim of all major conflicts of the 20th century.
It has sculpture representing the armed service and all the names could be found inside that building who lost their lives.
Flame of Hope
When you are waling in Centenary Square you will not miss this The Flame of Hope.
It was initially lit as a symbol of world peace at the start of the millennium. It is sad that it has been extinguished as
Birmingham City Council cannot continue to pay the running costs of this flame. SAD
Centenary Square is the important square in Birmingham. Every year at new years eve thousands of people gather here to celebrate New Year's Eve. It involve a enormous firework display and music every year.
Centenary Square is surrounded by few famous buildings.
Chamberlain's Grand Square
A grand open space right at the heart of the city, this is where Birmingham comes to party. Every New Year's Eve, there is a celebration held here and also at certain times of the year, e.g. St. Patrick's day. It is where our hall of memory is located too. There are a few public works of art here, although recently some teenage vandals set light to the monument known as "Forward". Whilst this was an absolutely outrageous act, most Brummies were quite happy to see the back of it, as it was more of a condescending statement on Birmingham's industrial heritage than anything to be proud of. We are hoping that the council doesn't try to commision yet more guff from the same artist to replace it, but that's a different story.
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Three Wise Men
This is the name sometimes given to a monument to three great industrialists and entrepreneurs, Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch, who founded much of the citys prosperity in the 18th century.
The real heart of Birmingham City Centre...
Take a walk around Centenery Square. This is a great place to sit out in, (if it is sunny) but it is just nice to take a walk through anyway.
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