Monday, 23 September 2013

The Painted Hall, Old Naval College, Greenwich. London.

Just back from a fantastic weekend in London. Having been to the Imperial War Museum several times I guessed it was the turn of the Naval College and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Having almost passed straight by it, we happened to notice The Painted Hall a few yards away. It's an incredibly impressive structure with a beautifully decorated interior. I had no idea that it was the place the bodies of both Nelson and Collingwood were left in state before being interred at St. Paul's Cathedral. Very fitting surroundings for two extremely brave men. Underneath is a long tunnel that connects both ends of the building, and at the bottom of a set of stairs is a truly lovely scale model of the Japanese warship 'Yashima'. If like us, you were passing through the area to get to the Maritime Museum, you could do yourself a favour and drop by The Painted Hall. The panorama photo included above was taken by my girlfriend (who had a better technological grasp of the camera than I had!) and shows the buildings of the Old Naval College in all their glory.

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