Sunday, 22 May 2016

Trip to Chatsworth House

Last week I finally visited Chatsworth house!
Chatsworth House is a beautiful stately house located in Peak District. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549.

The house contains works of art from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds, Veronese, and numerous outstanding modern artists. When you enter the house you feel as if you are traveling back in time to 18th century. You enjoy the views of luxurious bedrooms and dining hall and imagine yourself being a Duke, you can feel the life they lived in back in that times.

But the most exciting thing about Chatsworth is its garden. It is more than 450 years old, and has a territory of 105 acre (more than 40 hectares). The garden has cozy alleys, mysterious mazes, century-old trees, waterworks and sculptures. In addition, it is surrounded by breath-taking landscapes of green hills and fields.

Interesting story behind the Emperor’s fountain situated in front of the main entrance. Initially, the Great Fountain was installed by the 1st Duke and it was the highest in country. When it became known that Czar Nicholas, Emperor of Russia, might visit Chatsworth, the 6th Duke decided to welcome the Czar with an even higher fountain than the one at Peterhof (the Czar’s palace in St. Petersburg, Russia). Czar Nicholas never visited Chatsworth, but the new fountain is still named after him.

Do not make the Czar’s mistake, Chatsworth is definitely worth visiting!

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