The Queen’s House in Greenwich is one of those buildings that I walked past dozens of times each year and never once entered, despite being a member in the Maritime Museum and despite the entry being free in any case. There is so much to see in Greenwich that the Queen’s House always ended up bypassed. I finally went in two weeks ago – to see the so-called Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I that the museum had recently acquired and which was about to disappear into a conservator’s workshop for the near future. The building is so stunning I can’t believe I ignored it for years – don’t miss it if you ever visit Greenwich!
Designed in 1616 by Inigo Jones and completed in 1636, the Queen’s House is famous in architecture because it’s the first classical building in England. Jones was influenced by architectural styles he saw in Italy, especially by Palladio.
I took the occasion to take pictures for Norm 2.0’s photo challenge. Enjoy this brief tour of the Queen’s House:
…if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
As you perhaps realised from these photos, the Queen’s House has much more to it than its doors (and archways)… So see you here on Monday, when, free from Norm’s challenge restrictions, I’ll share some other parts of the building – which, believe me, are more spectacular!