Built between 1696 and 1712 and originally designed to serve as the Greenwich Hospital, The Old Royal Naval College which is located at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich’s World Heritage Site, was also previously used as a Royal Navy training centre between 1873 and 1998. After the Navy moved on in 1998 the Greenwich Foundation charity took responsibility for looking after the buildings and their grounds. The University of Greenwich now occupies three of the main courts, Queen Anne, Queen Mary and King William while the Trinity School of Music has found a home in King Charles court.
Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College Picture Gallery
Buildings with bling
Too time and cash poor to nip over to the Vatican City? Pop to Greenwich instead, where the Old Royal Naval College has London’s very own answer to the Sistine Chapel. The riverside building is instantly recognisable because of its imposing twin towers, one of whichcontains the domed Painted Hall, withmagnificent frescoes on the walls and ceiling created by Sir James Thornhill - it took him 19 years to complete them. Designed by Christopher Wren, this used to be the ostentatious lodgings for the navy before becoming a college two centuries later.
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Actually filled in for a shot of Paris for Lamarque’s funeral procession in Les Miserables.
Jul 6, 2010