An extraordinary collection of antiquities

Sir John Soane’s advice was not to visit his extraordinary collection of antiquities in case of bad weather, because clouds, fog and the grey light of the city would have spoiled all the exquisite hues and magical effects of mirrors, stained glasses and colour patterns within his house.



The house at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in fact offered no possibility to allow light into the internal spaces through a conventional window. These restrictions saw Soane design a series of roof lanterns – known as lumiére mystérieuse – that provided him with the possibility of letting luminescence through a space along a flank wall, reflecting it into the interior, and illuminating objects on display in a dramatic way: he wanted to recreate the souther Italian light!

The distinguished British architect John Soane (1753-1837) has transformed and influenced the way we look at and experience spaces through the modulation of light and views.


Our suggestion? No matter the weather, go and experience a real emotional challenge!

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