Architecture

Greenwich is home to some of London's most spectacular buildings - from Inigo Jones's Queen's House, considered the country's first truly classical building, to Christopher Wren's inspired Royal Observatory. Join us as we explore the stories behind these much-loved and respected works of architecture.

 

 

Greenwich Park, Queen's House and view to Canary Wharf

As we prepare for the reopening of the Queen's House, Katy Barrett, Curator of Art, looks at the dramatic effect the house has had on Greenwich. 

Letter written by Brunel to his grand-daughter Sophia Hawes in 1842

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening in 1869 of the East London railway line, which now forms part of the London Overground network. The initial stretch of track ran between Wapping and New Cross, and made use of the Thames Tunnel, which had been completed over a quarter of a century earlier, in 1843, with the help of pioneering technology invented by Marc Isambard Brunel.

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Inigo Jones designed the beautiful Queen's House Greenwich, bringing Classical architecture to England in the process.

Sir Christopher Wren

Best known for designing St. Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren's two loves of astronomy and architecture were combined when he worked on the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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Severndroog Castle is a Grade II-listed gothic building in Shooter's Hill, near Greenwich, and a monument to naval hero Sir William James (1720–73).

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Inigo Jones designed the Queen's House Greenwich and inspired English Palladianism with his beautiful building, the first Classical building in England.

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Inigo Jones, England's first great architect, designed the Queen's House. It was England's first truly classical building. 

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Andrea Palladio was one of Italy's greatest and most imitated architects, whose influence can be seen in the elegant Queen's House.

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The Great Fire of London burned day and night for almost four days in 1666 until only a tiny fraction of the City remained. It came hot on the heels of the Great Plague and left the world's third largest city of the time a shadow of its former self. Was this God's judgment on wicked King Charles II?

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See stunning modern architecture in Greenwich London, including the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory and the Sammy Ofer wing at the National Maritime Museum.

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