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Hampton Court Palace (Hampton Court)

Hampton Court Palace is one of England`s most magnificent houses, and is situated at Hampton Court in Greater London, formerly Surrey.

It is a World Heritage site.

The palace was begun in ther 16th century by Cardinal Wolsey, but after his fall from power and subsequent death at Leicester, it was acquired by Henry VIII, who extended it and lavished considerable sums of money on paintings and tapestries while housing a huge court.

At th end of the 17th century Christopher Wren made considerable additions in the Baroque style on behalf of William III.

The gardens cover 60 acres, and include what is probably the world`s most famous Maze, immortalised in Jerome K. Jerome`s "Three Men in a Boat", as well as the amazing Great Vine.

The house is now in the care of Historic Royal Palaces.

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