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Blenheim Palace by SuperSnappz Blenheim Palace by SuperSnappz
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

Blenheim Palace (/ˈblɛnəm/) (pronounced "Blen-im") is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, residence of the dukes of Marlborough. It is the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705. and circa 1724. UNESCO recognised the palace as a World Heritage Site in 1987.[1]
Its construction was originally intended to be a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from a grateful nation in return for military triumph against the French and Bavarians at the Battle of Blenheim. However, it soon became the subject of political infighting, which led to Marlborough's exile, the fall from power of his duchess, and irreparable damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.
Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s.[2] It is unique in its combined usage as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.
The building of the palace was a minefield of political intrigue by Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Following the palace's completion, it became the home of the Churchill family for the following 300 years, and various members of the family have in that period wrought various changes, in the interiors, park and gardens. At the end of the 19th century, the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough's marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. The exterior of the palace remains in good repair.

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Brillano2008 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
splendid palace!
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Moonwolflove Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I so want to visit this! 
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SuperSnappz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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Moonwolflove Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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craigbutikofer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic, nailed the symmetry and level horizon.
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic architecture ! :clap: :)
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frenchfox Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Impressive once again , great castle ! :)
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SuperSnappz Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is a beautiful Palace.
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ethaningramh Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very tasteful, love the detail and color contrast. 10/10 would frame
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SuperSnappz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for your kind comments.
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