Alexandra Palace


I took this at sunset from Alexandra Palace on one of my first days in London. I'm pretty certain I've shared this before, but I don't think anyone has seen it in two years, so I'll share it again because it's pretty.  

Also, I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug last night. It was cool, but if you don't like having fun at a movie, I wouldn't recommend it. There was also a teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar which is coming out next November. The trailer really, really excited me because it looked like the movie might depict humanity's transition to interstellar spaceflight, which is something that I've always wanted to see in a film. I mean, sci-fi movies usually show a distant future in which we've already been flying around in space for a while. 

Photo a Day - Alexandra Palace at Sunset

Sorry for being late. There was some sort of explosion on campus so I figured I'd go check that out. 

When I was studying in London, I lived just down the hill from Alexandra Palace. It was an awfully cool building, and it had an even better view of the greater London area. Originally completed in 1873, Alexandra Palace was intended as a public gathering space, and was initially supposed to be called The Palace of the People until Alexandra of Denmark married Prince Edward. On May 24th, 1873, the palace and the park were opened up to the public in a ceremony. 

Only 16 days later, fire destroyed Alexandra Palace, killing three members of staff. Only the outer walls survived; a loan exhibition of a collection of English pottery and porcelain, comprising some 4,700 items of historic and intrinsic value, was also destroyed.

... Awkward. Fortunately it was quickly rebuilt and reopened in 1875. Notably, Alexandra Palace was the home of the first regular high definition television service in 1936. I'm not entirely sure what they classify as high definition, but maybe they just mean a regular television broadcast. Anyhow, it's a pretty neat place. There's even an ice rink in there. 

Ally Pally as they call in over there

Original post (with full sized photo) can be found at