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HHampton Court Palace

When we visited England in 2012 I needed to do some research on Tudor England for I book I was about to write. There is no better place to get a feel for that time period than visiting Hampton Court Palace, one of Henry VIII’s favorite residences.

Front facade of Hampton Court Palace in all its Tudor glory.

Front facade of Hampton Court Palace in all its Tudor glory.

While the main edifice is thoroughly Tudor in appearance, it was added to significantly in the Baroque period, adding a stylistically discordant addition. Still, it was really neat to walk around and see the character actors play the parts of Henry and his wives (all together? Shocking!).

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

Here you can see the Tudor building join with the later Baroque section of the palace,

Here you can see the Tudor building join with the later Baroque section of the palace.

The beautiful gardens.

The beautiful gardens.