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Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire on November 30, 1936 and the site of the building and its grounds are now known as Crystal Palace Park.

The Crystal Palace, a large building made mostly out of glass, was built to house The Great Exhibition of 1851 and used to be in Hyde Park.

The Crystal Palace was the world's first example of prefabricated architecture.

The transept façade of the original Crystal Palace

Admission prices to the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace varied according to the date of visitation, with ticket prices decreasing as the parliamentary season drew to an end and London traditionally emptied of wealthy individuals. Prices varied from three guineas ((two for a woman) per day, down to one shilling .

Six million people—equivalent to a third of the entire population of Britain at the time—visited the Great Exhibition.

Originally in Hyde Park, the palace was moved to Sydenham Hill,  one of the highest locations in London in 1854. The size of the palace made it easy to see from Central London.

The Crystal Palace at Sydenham (1854)

The first cat show took place at Crystal Palace in 1871.

The palace was destroyed by fire on November 30, 1936 and the site of the building and its grounds are now known as Crystal Palace Park.



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