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Maritime Greenwich, London

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Greenwich is a quaint outlying district of London with open spaces, impressive classical architecture, and strong connections with the seas and the sciences. The ensemble of buildings at Greenwich, and the park in which they are harmoniously set, symbolize English artistic and scientific endeavor in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Queen's House (by Inigo Jones) was the first Palladian building in England, while the complex that was until recently the Royal Naval College was designed by Christopher Wren. The park, laid out on the basis of an original design by Andre Le Notre, contains the Old Royal Observatory, the work of Wren and the scientist Robert Hooke. The first purpose-built scientific research facility in Britain, its measurements helped solve the riddle of longitude. Greenwich was designated as the prime meridian, and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) the standard measurement of time. To help others synchronize their clocks to GMT, a time ball was installed by Astronomer John Pond in 1833. It still drops daily to mark the exact moment of 1 p.m. Greenwich also houses the National Maritime Museum (a rich one, as expected from a nation with illustrious seafaring history), and the clipper Cutty Sark. Maritime Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Facade in the Grand Square of the Greenwich Hospital. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Symetrical domes of the Old Royal Naval College, designed by Christopher Wren. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital, decorated by Sir James Thornhill in 19 years. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Chapel interior with richly decorated ceiling, Greenwich University. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Organ in the chapel, Old Royal Naval College. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Queen's House and colonnades of the Royal Maritime Museum, with Daffodils in foreground. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Greenwich Park lawn, Royal Maritime Museum, Greenwich Hospital, and Docklands. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Queen's House, Greenwich Old Royal Naval College, and Thames River. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Royal Observatory. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Royal Greenwich Observatory and daffodils. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Red Time Ball on top of Flamsteed House, one of the world's first visual time signals. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Shepherd 24-hour gate clock, and public standard of length, Royal Observatory. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Royal Greenwich Observatory, late afternoon. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory, late afternoon. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Flamsteed House designed by Christopher Wren, Royal Observatory. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Daffodils on hillside,  Royal Observatory. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Grand Square, Old Royal Naval College, sunset. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Cutty Sark with wind blowing upon flags. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Tavern, moving double decker bus, and church at night. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Entrance of foot tunnel under the Thames and Docklands buildings at dusk. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color) Old Royal Naval College, Queen's house, and Royal observatory with laser marking the Prime meridian at night. Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom ( color)
There are 21 color pictures on this page out of 42 color pictures of Maritime Greenwich.

Themes: Greenwich Observatory

Places: United Kingdom World Heritage Sites