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Banqueting House of Whitehall Palace

Listed under Castles & Palaces in London, United Kingdom.

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The only remaining component of Whitehall Palace, it is the grandest and best known of this architectural genre, helped historically by having had King Charles I executed outside in 1649. John Webb helped Jones design this Palladian structure, and inside is a single two-story double-cube room with Charles I commissioned paintings by Sir Peter Rubens. With a refined Italian Renaissance style unfamiliar in Jacobean London, a balustrade surrounds the near-flat roof. There are two orders of engaged columns on the street facade, Corinthian over Ionic, above a high-rusticated basement, the proportions giving the building a very comfortable feeling.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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Listen to the audio tour of the Banquesting House from Strollon. For the full walking tour, see www.strollon.co.uk/ProductDetails.aspx?code=5&cat=1000

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