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Royal Greenwich and scientific achievements

The views from the Royal Observatory were phenomenal!; the observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II

The views from the Royal Observatory were phenomenal!; the observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II

Queen Victoria rarely visited Greenwich but in 1845 her husband Prince Albert personally bought Nelson's Trafalgar coat for the Naval Gallery; during our 10 days in London there was hardly a drop of rain

Queen Victoria rarely visited Greenwich but in 1845 her husband Prince Albert personally bought Nelson's Trafalgar coat for the Naval Gallery; during our 10 days in London there was hardly a drop of rain

The Royal Observatory played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known for the fact that the prime meridian passes through it, and thereby gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time

The Royal Observatory played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known for the fact that the prime meridian passes through it, and thereby gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time

The Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe; Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe; Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cutty Sark was the world's last operating clipper ship; launched in 1869, Cutty Sark was among the fastest clippers ever built

Cutty Sark was the world's last operating clipper ship; launched in 1869, Cutty Sark was among the fastest clippers ever built

This is the uniform Admiral Horatio Nelson was wearing when he was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was shot in his upper left shoulder and you can see the tear in the uniform

This is the uniform Admiral Horatio Nelson was wearing when he was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was shot in his upper left shoulder and you can see the tear in the uniform

The Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Old Royal Naval College is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK; Greenwich is about 5.5 miles SE of central London with the suburb having a population of 30,598

The Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Old Royal Naval College is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK; Greenwich is about 5.5 miles SE of central London with the suburb having a population of 30,598

From the Royal Observatory we had great views of east London including the Shard and the Gherkin; large cruise ships dock in Greenwich while smaller ships can go as far as the Tower as London

From the Royal Observatory we had great views of east London including the Shard and the Gherkin; large cruise ships dock in Greenwich while smaller ships can go as far as the Tower as London

The Burgess Clock set a Guinness World Record for being the most accurate pendulum timekeeper of its type; the clock's time varies by only half a second in 100 days

The Burgess Clock set a Guinness World Record for being the most accurate pendulum timekeeper of its type; the clock's time varies by only half a second in 100 days

This model of the solar system includes the planet Uranus, discovered in 1781 by William Herschel from his home in Bath

This model of the solar system includes the planet Uranus, discovered in 1781 by William Herschel from his home in Bath

To help mariners and others in line of sight of the observatory to synchronize their clocks to GMT, Astronomer Royal John Pond installed in 1833 a very visible time ball that drops precisely at 1 p.m. every day

To help mariners and others in line of sight of the observatory to synchronize their clocks to GMT, Astronomer Royal John Pond installed in 1833 a very visible time ball that drops precisely at 1 p.m. every day

Edmond Halley was the second Astronomer Royal; from his September 1682 observations, he used the laws of motion to compute the periodicity of Halley's Comet in his 1705 Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets

Edmond Halley was the second Astronomer Royal; from his September 1682 observations, he used the laws of motion to compute the periodicity of Halley's Comet in his 1705 Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets

Queen's House is a former royal residence built between 1616 and 1635 in Greenwich; it was the first consciously classical building to have been constructed in the country

Queen's House is a former royal residence built between 1616 and 1635 in Greenwich; it was the first consciously classical building to have been constructed in the country

The iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I was painted after the British defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588; it was owned by the descendants of Sir Francis Drake

The iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I was painted after the British defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588; it was owned by the descendants of Sir Francis Drake

Across the Thames from Greenwich is an area known as the Docklands; at one time the world's largest port, the Docklands is now home to dozens of high-rises which are a mix of residential and commercial

Across the Thames from Greenwich is an area known as the Docklands; at one time the world's largest port, the Docklands is now home to dozens of high-rises which are a mix of residential and commercial

This book, published in 1573, is considered the world's first modern atlas; the National Maritime Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea comprising more than two million items

This book, published in 1573, is considered the world's first modern atlas; the National Maritime Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea comprising more than two million items

The National Maritime Museum was one of several free museums in Greenwich; I've about completely recovered from my Bell's Palsy

The National Maritime Museum was one of several free museums in Greenwich; I've about completely recovered from my Bell's Palsy

We visited the Museum of London Docklands before heading to Greenwich; the borough is easy to reach via public transit from central London

We visited the Museum of London Docklands before heading to Greenwich; the borough is easy to reach via public transit from central London

The Old Royal Naval College, built in 1692, was originally a hospital for British sailors; Christopher Wren designed the huge complex to impress everyone sailing past on their way to London

The Old Royal Naval College, built in 1692, was originally a hospital for British sailors; Christopher Wren designed the huge complex to impress everyone sailing past on their way to London

The largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads in the world is aboard the Cutty Sark; the Brits are all super friendly and so polite

The largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads in the world is aboard the Cutty Sark; the Brits are all super friendly and so polite

The stately buildings of Greenwich offer a stark contrast to the incredible urbanization of Canary Wharf and the Docklands across the Thames

The stately buildings of Greenwich offer a stark contrast to the incredible urbanization of Canary Wharf and the Docklands across the Thames

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