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I decided to go to London in just a few days and I was not prepared. I just walked around, often without a defined goal. It could happen that I missed something interesting. It was almost the case with the Tulip Stairs. You can imagine how I was surprised that in the Queen's House in Greenwich, I saw inside the spiral stairs, and the very famous ones! Quite accidentally.And I am fascinated by all spiral stairs.

The Queen’s House at Greenwich dates back to the early seventeenth century when it was designed by Inigo Jones. Notably, it was the first building in England to have been consciously and specifically built in the classical style. Built for Anne of Denmark, the wife of James VI/I, it is now part of the Royal Maritime Museum. However, one architectural feature stands out to me the most- the Tulip Stairs!

According to the museum, the Tulip Stairs “are the first centrally unsupported stairs in England, copying a Venetian model. The stone treads lock perfectly into each other and the wall, requiring no central structure and creating the famous upwards view. The striking wrought-iron rail has been restored to its original smalt blue. It has long been described as showing tulips but they are probably lilies, the royal flower of France, in compliment to Henrietta Maria”. (Henrietta Maria was Queen Consort for Charles I.)

The stairs truly are gorgeous- the blue wrought-iron work is so striking against the white walls, and the flowers are gorgeous without being dizzying! Also, apparently this staircase is haunted. Sadly, no ghost sighting for me. (After

You can read about the ghosts on the stairs here:

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