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Greenwich is the home of the Prime Meridian of the World, the Royal Observatory, The National maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College.

The Royal Observatory attracts millions of people every year where a visitor can be photographed standing with a foot on either side of the Greenwich meridian (0į longitude). This was the official observatory from 1675 until 1948 when the astronomers moved to Sussex because the London lights have become too bright. It houses an exhibition of John Harrisonís marine timekeepers and many clocks, chronometers, and devices used in ancient times.

The National Maritime Museum has an exciting exhibition of Captain Cookís expedition. The uniform that Lord Horatio Nelson wore when he was killed at the Trafalgar battle in 1805 is on display here. The spectacular royal barge built in 1732 for prince Frederick decorated lavishly with gilded ornaments is at the museum.

Cutty Sark built in 1869 was a very fast ship in its days and was used to carry tea. It made its final sail in 1938 and has been on display here since 1957. The exhibit shows how the seaman lived, the history of trade and sailing in the Pacific.

The Old Royal Naval College was built on the site of an old 15-th century palace, the birth place of Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Christopher Wren designed the building but the chapel was destroyed in 1779 fire.

How to get to Greenwich: DLR to Cutty Sark station.

Prime Meridian of the World Greenwich
Prime Meridian of the World, Greenwich

National Maritime Museum Greenwich
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The Old Royal Naval College Greenwich
The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Prime Meridian of the World Greenwich
Prime Meridian of the World, Greenwich






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