Blenheim Palace is a monumental mansion in the English countryside known for having been the place where the former British Prime Minister was born and raised Winston Churchill in 1874. Located in Woodstock, in the county of Oxfordshire, England, the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough is the only “non-royal and non-episcopal” residence in the UK to receive the title of palace. It has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Blenheim Palace was built in the Baroque style in the early 18th century by the Duke of Marlborough, while its fabulous gardens were designed by the renowned Landscape gardener Capability Brown between 1764 and 1774. A month ago this building was once again the focus of attention, not because of its beauty, but because of the theft of a toilet. But not just any toilet, a solid gold toilet.
The 18-carat toilet, designed by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is part of an exhibition in the house where Churchill was born was stolen, but later it was recovered by the police. The artwork called “America” had been connected to the water system so that visitors could fully participate in the experience, provided they obeyed a three-minute time slot. But apart from this funny anecdote, the Blenheim Palace has surprising rooms, so we show you below the most outstanding areas of this stately building.
The palace houses an important collection of period furniture including portraits, furniture, sculptures and tapestries. In addition, as is normal in this type of palaces, the halls and rooms are luxuriously decorated by their illustrious tenants throughout the last 300 years. Without going any further, there is a 30-minute exhibition on the life of the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, who played a key role during World War II, and includes the room where he was born in November 1874.
Blenheim Palace Library
Of all the rooms, the most striking is the library, not only because it is one of the largest rooms in the mansion, but also because it houses so much history on its shelves. Specifically, the library contains more than 10,000 books.
Sculptures and canyons
The interior of the palace is filled with works of art in its rooms, but outside you can also appreciate the art. On the façade of the mansion you can see numerous classical-style sculptures, especially of naked women. Other valuable objects that draw attention to the exterior of the palace are some period cannons </ strong> that belonged to the former Dukes of Marlborough.
What many also consider works of art or collectibles and that are not so old are the vintage cars that are occasionally exhibited near the gardens </ strong> of the palace. There are early Ford models from around the 1920s to typical cars from the 1960s. Classic car events are also occasionally organized outside of Blenheim.
One of the great attractions of Blenheim, if not the greatest, is its extensive 800-hectare parks and gardens created by the brilliant Lancelot Brown, best known for Capability Brown, considered the father of English landscape gardening. We find them mainly next to the palace and include the water terraces, the Italian garden, the Secret Garden, the Rose Garden and the Churchill Memorial Garden. You can also visit the Temple of Diana, the romantic place where Churchill proposed to his wife Clementine Hozier.
Parks and lakes
Lancelot Brown was also responsible for building the Great Lake and planting thousands of trees and making an artificial landscape blend into nature as if it had always existed. There are four itineraries to visit the entire park and its lakes to appreciate its magnitude and beauty in all its splendor. During the visit, you pass a waterfall and you can skirt the “Queens Pool” or Queen’s Lake.
El palacio alberga una importante colección de mobiliario de época en los que se incluyen retratos, muebles, esculturas y tapices. Además, como es normal en este tipo de palacios, las salas y habitaciones están lujosamente decoradas por sus ilustres inquilinos a lo largo de los últimos 300 años.
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