Painshill Park Crystal Cave Opens After Year-Long Restoration

July 14, 2013 / England, United Kingdom, Europe
The interior of the "Crystal Grotto" at Painshill Park in Surrey, England.

The interior of the “Crystal Grotto” at Painshill Park in Surrey, England. Photo by Amandajm/Wikimedia

After a year-long restoration project, the Crystal Grotto at England’s Painshill Park has finally been reopened.

Part of the historic Painshill Park landscape garden, the 18th century faux grotto features thousands of small crystals affixed to the ceiling, walls and a number of “stalactites” that hang down.

Built between 1738 and 1773 by politician Charles Hamilton near Cobham, Surrey, the 158-acre Painshill Park was inspired by Renaissance art and his tours of Europe.

He hoped to create a garden with different ‘moods’ that stimulate the senses and emotions of the visitor.

Now thanks to £747,400 ($1,134,030 USD) in restoration work, all funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the magical grotto is once again open to the public.

Inside the crystal cave: Enchanting 18th century grotto is unveiled after year-long restoration [Daily Mail]

 

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