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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace 11.7 miles (18.8 kilometres) south-west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. The palace building project began  Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1515, however, in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the King seized the palace for himself and enlarged it to cater for his royal court.

In the following century, King William III rebuilt and expanded  Hampton Court Palace, which destroyed much of the Tudor palace, the King intended a palace to rival Versailles. The project ceased in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque.

King George II was the last monarch to reside in the palace, and today, the palace is open to the public and displays many works of art from the Royal Collection. Other points of interest include a maze, the historic tennis court and a vast grapevine.

Historical Exhibits at Hampton Court Palace

About Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace

  • Name:                 Hampton Court Palace
  • City:                     London
  • Country:             United Kingdom
  • Type:                   Historic Royal Palaces
  • Location:            Hampton Court, Greater London, England

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Photo Credit: JOM