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Summer Home on a Royal Scale

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 75

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own images with an up or down perspective.

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These oriental-looking domes probably aren’t what you think.  They aren’t from India or Turkey or anywhere nearby; they belong to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England.

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This wonderful confection of a building has a long and pretty complex history.  In brief, the pleasure-loving Prince of Wales, who later became George IV, bought a dwelling in Brighton, partly for health reasons, partly to give some privacy to his philandering.  In 1787 he employed Henry Holland to enlarge and redesign the house and it was further enlarged in 1901.  It then underwent a massive redesign and expansion between 1815 and 1822, this time at the hands of the designer John Nash, and it is his work that you now see if you visit.

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It remained a summer home for the Royal Family even after George IV’s death in 1830, but this changed in the reign Queen Victoria.  She did not like Brighton or the Royal Pavilion and it was at her instigation that Osborne House become the new royal summer home.

In 1850 the Government sold the Pavilion to Brighton for £53,000.  The town used the building as assembly rooms and in 1860 they converted the adjacent royal stables into a concert hall, now known as the Brighton Dome.

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The interior of the Pavilion has been renovated over the years and it is now a hugely important tourist venue, and also a location for civil weddings.  You can wander the grounds an admire the splendid architecture for free.  Adult admission to the building itself costs £11.

Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE

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The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 75 and a huge thank you to all who participated last week.  The variety last week was amazing: signs, rivers, benches, ceilings, roofs, steps, windows, shoes and even meatballs! How to pick a favourite! For sheer wackiness, I’m going to have to go with the meatballs.

All are welcome to join this challenge; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will normally be open for one week.

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  1. It would be beautiful to be married there. Sometimes British architecture is influenced by India. It certainly is an exotic building in any case.

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    • Yes, it’s really beautiful. I’m a great traveller but this shows you don’t always have to go far to find amazing things.

      On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:

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  2. I don’t think I ever got to Brighton when we visited the UK years ago…but I should have! These are wonderful images of a majestic building. I have used building this week too.. but I am afraid i selected the black and white instead of the one i had planned for this challenge.

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  3. Beautifully built and I love those little round windows in the dome! Interesting history, but odd, thinking that it’s in the UK.
    Was aghast when I read the long list of endangered species above:(

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  4. oh thanks for the feature this week Debbie – 🙂 ha! and a wacky meatball can get people every time! ha – wish you could have trie fit too – lol – have a great week – and be dropping by later – ❤

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  5. These “up” shots of Brighton are gorgeous! I’d heard the name but had no idea of the history. Thank you for stopping by my blog so I could find yours! I look forward to following your journey and participating in the Look Up, Look Down challenge. 🙂

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