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Tulip Stair, Queen's House, Greenwich

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 26 February 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Dating from around 1616, the Tulip Stair in the Queen's House in Greenwich is the first self-supporting geometric spiral stair in Britain.

Designed by the famous architect Inigo Jones and commissioned by King James I for his wife Anne of Denmark, the Queen died in 1619 just before the house was completed.

Various people have claimed to see a ghost using the stairs and there's even a photo of the ghost dating from 1966 that you can see here:

NIKON D800 1/25 second F/8.0 ISO 1000 22 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ludovic Roudet from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Awesome ! Remarkable quality of details.

26 Feb 2014 7:54am

Hans ter Horst from Dippach, Luxembourg

Radiant! Love composition that brings out the fractal effect of the handrail and decorations

26 Feb 2014 8:13am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Wonderful eye which looks at us ! superb framing and sharpness of details !

26 Feb 2014 8:46am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

What a beautiful spiral - and the lighting is fantastic.

26 Feb 2014 9:14am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium


26 Feb 2014 9:27am

Davood from Tehran, Iran

Very good lights in the spiral...looks like inside of a shell...

26 Feb 2014 9:55am

Martine Libouton from Belgium

Wouhaaa!! quelle superbe qualité de photo!!! un B&w profond et un cadrage magique! j'adore+++ et j'aurais aimé la faire!5*

26 Feb 2014 10:04am

pixim from Nice, France

i Love, Perfection of Your Art ;-)

26 Feb 2014 10:06am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Superb !

26 Feb 2014 10:57am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

Fantastic composition and attention to details!

26 Feb 2014 11:29am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom


26 Feb 2014 1:44pm

acm from St. Louis, United States

Incredible! Almost looks like a sea shell

26 Feb 2014 2:23pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful angle, composition, perspective & lighting!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

26 Feb 2014 4:57pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

very good, présentatiion and composition, i'm fan!

26 Feb 2014 7:37pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

stunning composition that draws the viewer right in and does not let go once you start following that mesmerising twisted line towards the centre! love the sharpness, contrast and detail too!

27 Feb 2014 2:34am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wow! Nice.

27 Feb 2014 4:11am

vrinda from mangalore,Karnataka, India

fantastic point of view

27 Feb 2014 12:41pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante forme escargot

27 Feb 2014 2:56pm

Marie-France from Angers, France

Excellent ! très beau graphisme comme un coquillage... j'aime ! ***** belle soirée !

27 Feb 2014 7:09pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

perfect !

27 Feb 2014 10:49pm

oldshutterhand from Germany


28 Feb 2014 11:16pm

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

A classic.

1 Mar 2014 5:19am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

All the composition is perfect ! Details, light and contrasts. A masterpiece in B/W !
Kind regards

1 Mar 2014 8:43pm

Sriram from Chennai, India

Brilliant Ian!

3 Mar 2014 12:38pm

Ranita Imposible from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Superb! Lights and shadows reinforce the pleasant geometric pattern of the stair.

7 Mar 2014 12:48pm

Wolfgang from Germany

Great composition and processing!

10 Mar 2014 7:40am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Excellent p.o.v. and very fractal-like.

11 Mar 2014 9:26am

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1/25 second
ISO 1000
22 mm (35mm equiv.)