Burghley House is one the most grandiose palaces of the Great Britain

Burghley House is one of the most grandiose country houses remained whole in UK since Elisabeth I that reflects the architectural tendencies of that epoch. It is located on the borderland between Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire in 10 miles of the center of Peterborough city.

Burghley House is one the most grandiose palaces of the Great Britain

Burghley House was built especially for Sir William Cecil, who later became the 1st Baron Burghley and was the Lord High Treasurer to Elizabeth I. This grandiose building that later became the property of his descendants (earls and then marquises of Exeter) was constructed between 1555 and 1587 by Sir William Cecil himself.

Burghley House is one the most grandiose palaces of the Great Britain

The architecture of this residence represents the combination of 2 styles - Gothic and Renaissance. It has lots of features in common with the buildings of the French Renaissance, particularly with Château de Chambord, the exterior of which was the prototype of Burghley House. The interior decorations were modeled on the private lodgings of Richmond Palace - the one destroyed in 1648.

Burghley House is one the most grandiose palaces of the Great Britain

The Burgley estate is a huge gray castle made of rough stones and fenced by an enclosure. It has more than 100 rooms (35 ones are major ones and more than 80 are small ones), numerous corridors, halls, bathrooms and various service areas. All they are highly decorated with lots of portraits of famous people (and queen as well), wall paintings, murals, chic velvet canopies, silver fireplaces and many other expensive and beautiful things. Burghley House is also surrounded by a big green park that was created by Lancelot Brown in XVIII.
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