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Spectacular painted ceiling revealed after restoration

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The Vatican in Rome has the Sistine Chaple, Greenwich has the Painted Hall in the Royal Naval College.

The spectacular ceiling has been under going restortaion for two years.

The end wall of the Painted Hall at the Royal Naval College

The vast hall which is the centrepiece of the Royal Naval College was designed by Sir Christopher Wren as a ceremonial dining room. It was completed in 1705.

The last majoy restoration project took place in the 50s, since then the paintings have deteriorated with detail becoming obscured.

The ground-breaking £8.5 conservation project to restore the paintings started two years ago. Visitors to the college have been able to see the conservationists at work from a viewing deck, making the project one of the largest open access conservation schemes in Europe.

As the painted surfaces were cleaned new details were uncovered

The ground-breaking £8.5 conservation project to restore the paintings started two years ago.

Visitors to the college have been able to see the conservationists at work from a viewing deck, making the project one of the largest open access conservation undertakings in Europe.