The Royal Observatory in Greenwich (I)

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Today we have visited the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. In the picture you can see the Queen’s house between the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College (the building in the right) and the King William Court (in the left). The observatory is on the top of a hill and before visiting it, it’s very interesting go into these other three buildings and the National Maritime Museum to learn a lot of things about the 16th, 17th and 18th-century science.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

The gateway of the main entrance to the gardens is decorated with two glass terrestial globes which are a very good appetizer to the museums:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

The chapel was originally designed by Christopher Wren but it wasn’t finished until 1752:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

The ceiling of King William Court is decorated with a wonderful painting in which we can see some representations of the calendar and the English glorious colonial past:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

For example, there is the zodiacal sign of the Lion pointing to the summer…

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Photography by Carlos Dorce

…or an armilar sphere and a terrestial globe indicating the glory of the Englis navigators…

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

… and a parallactic ruler and the compass…

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

… or the telescope:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

In the second room there is another great painting in which we can see some angels…

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

… studying Maths!

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Next step in the visit has been the building of the Royal Observatory but this is a story for another post.

Location: Greenwich Observatory (map)

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