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Royal Naval College is the architectural centrepiece of Maritime
Greenwich a World Heritage Site in Greenwich London, described by
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (UNESCO) as being of outstanding universal value and
reckoned to be the finest and most dramatically sited architectural
and landscape ensemble in the British Isles . The site is managed
by the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College
(Foundation), set up in July 1998 as a Registered Charity to look
after these magnificent buildings and their grounds for the benefit
of the nation. The grounds and some of its buildings are open to
visitors. The buildings were originally constructed to serve as the
Greenwich Hospital, designed by Christopher Wren, and built between
1696 and 1712. The hospital closed in 1869. Between 1873 and 1998
it was the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The Old Royal Naval
College, on the south bank of the river Thames in Greenwich, London
viewed from the north side. The Queen's House in the middle of the
picture. The Royal Observatory visible in the background.. John
Michael Rysbrack's George II (1735) in the Grand Square of the
Greenwich HospitalThe Greenwich Hospital was founded in 1694 as the
Royal Naval Hospital for sailors. It was established as a
residential home for injured sailors, on the model of Les Invalides
and the Chelsea Hospital. The pensioned sailors wore blue uniforms
not unlike the red ones of the Chelsea pensioners. It occupied its
riverside site for over 170 years, closing to pensioners in 1869.
In 1730 the Crown gave the impounded Derwentwater estates in
Northumberland and Cumberland to the Greenwich Hospital Trustees,
along with the lead mining rights on the moors. In 1778, the
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