Banqueting House in Whitehall played a crucial role in the development of architecture in England, as it was the first building to be completed in neo-classical style, a design characteristic that would go on to revolutionise English architecture. The stunning ceiling painting inside the building is regarded as a masterpiece and is the only surviving ceiling painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, which was installed in 1636. It is believed that Charles I was responsible for commissioning the work, before the King was executed on scaffold outside the building in 1649.
The building was completed in 1622 and designed by renowned architect, Inigo Jones, who was influenced by the great Andrea Palladio. It is a Grade I listed building and as such is viewed as a national monument, now open to the public and in the care of Historic Royal Palaces.
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