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Burghley House's West Front

Burghley House's West Front

This West façade was originally intended to be the main entrance to Burghley House, was the plan was altered later. The impressive gate was made by famous ironwork expert Jean Tijou in the 1690s.

Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, is one of the greatest stately homes in all of Britain. Built between 1563 and 1589 for William Cecil, Elizabeth I's Lord Treasurer and her Chief Minister for four decades. The massive house incorporates Flemish, French, English and Italian Renaissance and Gothic features. Its roofline has been described as a "riot of corner towers, turrets, cupolas, ornate chimneys and obelisk in various shapes". The effect is to purposely create the visual effect of a busy Flemish city, seemingly of many different buildings.

Like many great aristocratic estates, Burghley House is surrounded by a massive private park.

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Photo taken @ on 16 April 2016 (© Can Pac Swire / Flickr)

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