Blenheim Palace

 

Explore This! Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century as a gift to John Churchill to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, is the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough and is famously known as the birthplace of Winston Churchill in 1874. Blenheim Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and remains a prestigious and romantic landmark in the English countryside.
 

Great Hall

Stand in the grand entrance to this palatial estate, the Great Hall. This opulent room rises 67 feet to the ceiling painted in great artistic detail by Sir James Thornhill. The allegorical painting represents the successes of John Churchill and includes many symbols of significance. A bronze bust of the 9th Duke and other aristocratic statues are also showcased in this hall.
 
 

 
 

State Rooms

Along the southern side of the palace is a row of state rooms, aligned with shared doors to allow a completely open channel from one end to the other. The state rooms were primarily used to entertain and accommodate distinguished guests, usually of higher rank, and were intricately decorated to impress. Stunning portraits and tapestries adorn the walls, illustrating victories and history of the dukedom of Marlborough.
 
 

 
 

Chapel

Commissioned by the Duchess in 1730, the Chapel was the last part of the palace to be built, completed 11 years after the death of the 1st Duke. His oversized tomb and sarcophagus dominate the space, embellished with deep bas relief statues of the Duke and Duchess depicted as Caesar and Caesarina. At one end of the Chapel, a double marble staircase leads to a prominent view and the 1853 pipe organ.
 
 

 
 
To learn more about this English estate, visit Blenheim Palace.
 
 
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Model Title: Blenheim Palace
Created By: Tour Dimensional
Presented By: Blenheim Palace
Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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