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Visiting Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace located in the Greater London area. Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York began buildingĀ  this amazing palace in 1514. Wolsey’s original building was rebuilt by Henry VIII and other later kings. The only original parts that remained from Wolsey’s palace are probably the areas of the Great Hall and parts of kitchens.

After Thomas Wolsey it was owned by the Tudor Family. After the death of Elizabeth I it was owned by the Stuart Family. Since the 18th century it has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family. Today it is open to the public and visited by many tourists. If you’re visiting the London area it is an attraction that you won’t want to miss.

The most interesting places in Hampton Place include Anne Boleyn’s Gate and the Privy Garden

Anne Boleyn’s Gate is gatehouse made in the Tudors’ time with an astronomical clock on top.The astronomical clock was built in 1540 by Nicholas Oursian for Henry VIII. It shows the hours, days of the week, days of the month, the time of high tide, the phases of the moon, the signs of the zodiac and in all its pre-Copernican glory — the golden sun traveling around an immobile Earth.

The Privy Garden is in front of south part of palace.


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