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Thanks. I was very lucky to tour the Royal Mews on a morning when they were excercising the horses prior to a ceremonial later in the day. All the drivers were in full State livery, the carriages were polished and the horses beautifully groomed.

Wonderful place to eat with great views across the harbor

Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of Buckingham Palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705. It was subsequently acquired by George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte, and known as "The Queen's House". During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, forming three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front.

This photograph was taken on a trip in 1976 when London was suffering from a historic drought. The landscaping of Lincoln's Inns Fields is not normally this dead.

Sir John Soane was a British architect and member of the Royal Academy. He who was born in 1753 and died in 1837.

Soane designed this house for his family to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and works of art. After the death of his wife in 1815, he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Upon his death, he directed that the house should become a museum.

See links below for more information: http://www.soane.org/collections/soaneslondon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JohnSoane

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The history of this building is not well known. The origin is believed to be a tomb of Saint Gatien built by Saint Martin and a “Our Lady’s Basilica of the Poor", outside the city walls, that provided a place for the burial of the poor. During the 13th century buildings on the site are called "Our Lady the Rich" due to the influx of pilgrims who came to pray to the Virgin and Saint Gatien. Louis XI liked to pray here when he came to the château du Plessis near Tours. His painter Jehan Fouquet is believed to have provided some stained glass cartons. Later the relics of Saint François de Paule, founder of the order of the Minims and close to the King in its last months were brought to the church and are still in the reliquary to the right of the altar. The present Church was built at the end of the 15th century. The choir and the two side chapels date to this time. The nave, largely ruined during the wars of Religion, was rebuilt shortly after and then deteriorated during the Revolution. It was renovated twice in the 19th century. Of the stained glass windows, five are from the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century, four 1870-1880, and the rest date from 1956-1957, including the large window located behind the high altar. The 17th century gilded wooden altar, “The Marriage of the Virgin”, is by A. Carpenter (1650).

Thanks. As you may have guessed from my Panoramio ID, I am an architect. In fact, I was the architect for the restoration of this church to strip away unfortunate modifcations from the 1970's and accommodate the installation of a new organ (a portion of which is shown in this photo). The organ was built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders. They are currently building a new organ for the chapel at Merton College Oxford that will be completed for the celebration of the college's 750th anniversary in 2014. I would enjoy seeing photographs of it after completion.

The current Church of St. Agricol was erected and endowed as a collegial church in 1321 by Pope John XXII. It is likely that the transfer of relics of St. Peter to Saint Agricol ocurred in this year, and they are still enshrined here. The church was renovated in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Around 1050, the Church of Avignon records the memory of Saint Agricol which had been "its glorious Bishop" and who acquired sainthood "by the number of his virtues and miracles". Historically, however, little is known of his life and episcopate. It is very likely that he lived in the 7th century, was a monk at the Abbey of Lérins before his election to the episcopacy, and that he died to the year 700. A Charter of 919 mentions that he had been buried in the Avignon church dedicated to Saint Peter.

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