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Amazing Banqueting House

Can you imagine yourself in London, England not far from Trafalgar Square in the Banqueting Hall sitting in a comfortable beanbag chair staring at the ceiling where an amazing masterpiece by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens spreads out over your head?

It was Charles I of England who requested to have this artwork placed on the ceiling which at the time was part of the Whitehall Palace, the main royal residence. He wanted to honor his father, James I. In this impressive painting the three main canvasses pay homage to the monarchy and the divine rights of kings.  It depicts the unification of England and Scotland, the reign of James I and the King rising up to Heaven upon the back of an eagle.

Architect Inigo Jones designed the ceiling so that it would be just the right frame for the artwork. This ceiling was the last thing that Charles I saw just before death. It was after losing the Civil War to the Parliamentarians, that Charles stepped out of a nearby window (which no longer exists) and then stepped onto a scaffold upon which he was then beheaded.

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