SP4317 : The Column of Victory, Blenheim Palace

taken 12 years ago, near to Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

The Column of Victory, Blenheim Palace
The Column of Victory, Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is the only non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title "palace" and is one of England's largest houses. The Palace, situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, was commissioned by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and built between 1705 and circa 1724 to a design by Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor. This photograph is of the main entrance.

Started five years after Marlborough's death and completed in 1730, this Doric "Column of Victory" stands 41m high. Its capital is surmounted by eagles, plaques of lions' heads and a Romanesque torch-bearing lead statue of the 1st Duke by Robert Pit. It commemorates the 1st Duke's victory at the Battle of Blenheim during the War of the Spanish Succession.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 12 July, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 13 September, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 435 170 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:50.9944N 1:22.1932W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 436 168
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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