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I stayed in the hostel in Greenwich, so I could enjoy the charming evenings and sunsets.
Here is the view of the Old Royal Navy College in the evening light. The building with the dome on the left side is the Chapel, where are the spiral stairs I showed recently. Far away behind the monument is the Queen's house where the Tulip's Stairs are. And high on the hill there is Greenwich Observatory with the Prime Meridian.

There was a Tudor royal palace at Greenwich, built by Henry VII and later rebuilt by Henry VIII to create an opulent residence on the south bank of the Thames. Among the delights built by Henry VIII were a tiltyard, stables, kennels, a cockpit and tennis courts, for Henry was fond of the game.

Both Mary I and Elizabeth I were born at Greenwich Palace, and it was one of Elizabeth's favourite retreats when she took the throne. Later Stuart monarchs did not favour Greenwich so much, and by the middle of the 17th century the palace was crumbling into ruin. When William and Mary took the throne, they decided to move to Hampton Court, and the palatial Greenwich scheme was abandoned.Instead, Sir Christopher Wren was called in to design a naval hospital, a place for injured and retired seamen, to rival the Royal Chelsea Hospital for soldiers that had been established just a few years before. The new Greenwich Naval Hospital was to be even more imposing than Chelsea.

Wren decided to create a pair of imposing blocks with domed towers - the King William Block and the Queen Mary Block - set back from the riverside, and linked by colonnades, with a second set of blocks closer to the river.
The domes are similar to the striking dome of St Paul's Cathedral, though quite a bit smaller. Each tower has a clock face, but it is fascinating to note that one of the clock faces does not mark the hours, but rather the points of the compass, with a marker linked to a weather vane on the roof. That way, ships on the Thames could see at a glance which direction the wind was blowing. The Hospital closed in 1869. Part of the complex was used as a naval training college, and part is now used by the University of Greenwich.

(From https://www.britainexpress.com/London/old-royal-naval-college.htm)

In Workshop 1 the view of the Hospital in the painting by Clarkson Stanfield.
In Workshop 2, the view of the College from the terrace of the Queen's House.

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