From the Tower of London we decided to go to Greenwich to visit the Royal Observatory. We took the train and reached the Greenwich station. The observatory was very near to the station. Located at the Southeast part of London, it was very quiet place unlike London. Greenwich means green village. It was very much green indeed.
We reached the underground station, and came upstairs , and could see an old time ship. The ship could be a model, I don’t know. My w]son wanted to visit that, but our plan was different. We wanted to see the Royal Observatory only. At that time my son was desperately wanted to drink water. However, the bottle I was carrying was already empty. We searched for a shop, and we saw Greenwich Market.
To out disappointment, there was not a single shop where we could get a bottle of ager. Then we walk through the bylines, alleys and reached the main rod road. We found a shop, and bought a bottle of water. Then we started walking towards the royal observatory.
The Royal Observatory was situated on the top a hill in the Greenwich Park. Once there was castle, then it turned into Palace of Placentia during King Henry VIII.It was his one of the favorite places for hunting. Then it converted into queen’s house, then royal navy hospital. Then in 1675 the Royal Observatory was built on the ruins during the time rein King Charles II, who was at the greatest patron of arts of astronomy.
I read the little history written there on various walls of the observatory. It was written that the observatory was built with spare bricks from Tilbury fort, recycled lead, iron and timber from Tower of London under very tight budget. Sir Christopher Wren, famous architect also a professor of astronomy suggested using the ruin of Greenwich castle to make the Observatory.