Greenwich/Prime Meridian

While studying abroad in London we are required to take a course called British Life that explains how society works over here. The class also takes us around the city to explore and see places we may not have heard of or not think to go to. When our professor said we are going to Greenwich this week I didn’t really know what to expect other than that the prime meridian ran through the town.

The Royal observatory at the top of the hill
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The view down from the top of London’s twin financial centers
IMG_3008 The Chard, Gherkin and old city are on the far left, the new Canary Wharf financial area is in the center.

Greenwich has a lot more to offer than just being the center of our unified time zones. The Royal Observatory where the Prime Meridian was set does have the line marked down so that you can get your picture on both sides of the line.

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But the observatory is also home to a great museum on the history of who lived and worked at the observatory and a large collection of early clocks and marine chronometers. The Royal Observatory is also home to the 7th largest telescope in the world.

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Just down the hill from the Observatory is the National Maritime Museum. It has a wide array of information on historical boats and maps in Britain. Down the street from the Maritime Museum is the newly refurbished Cutty Sark, a British tea clipper, and one of the fastest of its time. There is a new museum in its hull but we ran out of time to visit as the typical London rain started to pick up that afternoon.

The National Maritime Museum
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The Cutty Sark
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