Hampton Court Palace with Yew Trees (London, England)

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Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York, Chief Minister and favorite of Henry VIII, took over the site of Hampton Court Palace in 1514. Over the following 7 years, Wolsey spent lavishly to build the finest palace in England at Hampton Court. Today, little of Wolsey's building work remains unchanged. The first courtyard, the Base Court, was his creation, as was the second, inner gatehouse which leads to the Clock Court. Henry VIII stayed in the state apartments as Wolsey's guest immediately after their completion in 1525. The architectural historian Sir John Summerson asserts that the palace shows "the essence of Wolsey — the plain English churchman who nevertheless made his sovereign the arbiter of Europe and who built and furnished Hampton Court to show foreign embassies that Henry VIII's chief minister knew how to live as graciously as any cardinal in Rome." Whatever the concepts were, the architecture is an excellent and rare example of a 30-year era when English architecture was in a harmonious transition from domestic Tudor, strongly influenced by perpendicular Gothic, to the Italian Renaissance classical style. Wolsey was only to enjoy his palace for a few years. In 1528, knowing his enemies and the King were engineering his downfall, he passed the palace to the King as a gift. Wolsey died two years later in 1530. Wikipedia.

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Comments (20)

Da. on January 20, 2011

Excellent shot of this splendid and classical building! I like it!

Best wishes from Beijing, China


Laura Ruth on January 20, 2011

Da, this palace once served as the home for the tyrannical King Henry VIII. Thanks for stopping by. Laura

Da. on January 20, 2011

Wow~!! It must be very old... :))

Many thanks for taking time explaining it to me! I appreciate your kindness!

Greetings from China, Da

beh108 on February 6, 2011

Very beautiful building. Wonderful shot.


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Greetings from Iran

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Laura Ruth on February 6, 2011

beh108, this palace belonged to England's King Henry VIII, who begged it away from his loyal servant, Cardinal Wolsey. Later on, Cardinal Wolsey had to flee London lest his "dear friend" King Henry put him to death. This building has many tales to tell.

Adem Dogan on February 21, 2011

Hello friend Laura

what a wonderful Architecture and

what a great Work! i like it.

like 3

friendly greetings, adem dogan :)

Laura Ruth on February 26, 2011

adem, thanks for visiting! Laura from Los Angeles.

Leo W on March 5, 2011

A beautiful picture and buildings - like. It seems obviously dangerous to live in it.

Best wishes, Leo

Laura Ruth on March 12, 2011

Leo, this palace wasn't dangerous at all - unless you were Cardinal Wolsey (or Ann Boleyn). Thanks for dropping by. Laura from Los Angeles.

Mário Eloi Castro on April 8, 2011

Wonderful picture and place, Laura!


Greetings from Portugal, Mário Eloi Castro

Laura Ruth on April 13, 2011

Manfred - Mário - danke, gracias, thank you for visiting! Laura from Los Angeles.

ch' caf' on April 15, 2011

What an impressive castle. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Christian

Laura Ruth on April 23, 2011

Christian, this castle belonged to the wicked Henry VIII. Thanks for your visit. Greetings to France from Laura in Los Angeles.

David Wilson on June 9, 2011

"who begged it away from his loyal servant, Cardinal Wolsey." An interesting interpretation. "Made him an offer he couldn't refuse" more like. I see you've got about in the UK. I used to live a few miles downriver from here at Richmond, where Henry VIII had his primary royal palace. Unfortunately there's not much left of it now apart from the gatehouse.

Laura Ruth on June 11, 2011

Hola to David in Spain! Thanks so much for stopping by and your great commentary. Greetings from Laura in Los Angeles.

David Wilson on June 11, 2011

De Nada. And just in case anybody was wondering why with all the talk of Henry VIII, what has been photographed doesn't look remotely Tudor, but is obviously in the much later Classical style, it's because this side of the palace was pulled down and rebuilt in the 17th century during the reign of William and Mary. Architect, Sir Christopher Wren, England's most renowned architect of the time, also responsible for St. Paul's Cathedral

Laura Ruth on June 12, 2011

David, your comments are so enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by. Greetings to Spain from Laura in Los Angeles.

Filippo Bilotti on August 24, 2011


Esta foto me gusta,LIKE7.Muy buena esta imagen del edificio de la corte, gracias por la visita aqui hay muchos pelicanos.

Saludos desde Caracas.

Para todos los amigos de Panoramio.

Por estas calles


Giorgi 1971 on September 2, 2011

Hello, Dear Laura! What a beautiful architecture! Very impressive palace! Great composition and photo! Like! Best wishes from Georgia. Gio

Manek Taolin on October 1, 2011

Beautiful building!


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