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Whitehall Palace, London

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The Palace of Whitehall was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698 when most of its structures, except for Inigo Jones's 1622 Banqueting House, were destroyed by fire. Before then, it had grown to be the largest palace in Europe with more than 1,500 rooms, overtaking the Vatican, though being overtaken by the expanding Palace of Versailles which was to reach 2,400 rooms. The palace gives its name, Whitehall, to the road on which many of the current administrative buildings of the UK government are situated, and hence metonymically to the central government itself.
At its most expansive, the palace extended over much of the area bordered by Northumberland Avenue in the north; to Downing Street and nearly to Derby Gate in the south; and from roughly the elevations of the current buildings facing Horse Guards Road in the west, to the then banks of the River Thames in the east (the construction of Victoria Embankment has since reclaimed more land from the Thames)—a total of about 23acre. It is about 650 metres from Westminster Abbey.
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  • Whitehall is a Palace located in the heart of the Government District, steps from Park St. James. It is of an a large building of neoclassical style that was built in the mid-16th century, being the main residence of the monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698, year in which suffered a large fire and disappeared almost in its entirety, less the so-called Banqueting H Ouse (Banqueting House), surviving only for the voracious fire, which is currently open to the public (we contemplate only your external facade). Today this building still houses the Royal Cavalry, with their traditional guards on foot and on horseback.
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  • We got here as we had the HRP pass, and we are very happy we did! What's left of the Whitehall is the Banqueting House, the ball room with amazing pictures by Rubens, it is incredibly beautiful!  more »
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