Simploring 2019 (88) Antiquity and Regency Buckingham

For my simploring tour on Friday, July 26th, I picked a place that I visited before back in 2016, Regency Buckingham (Recreating Buckingham Palace in Second Life). But I didn’t land at Regency Buckingham, instead I landed at Antiquity Visitors Center and I admit reading the offered notecard there and seeing all the different teleport pads did confuse me first.

Antiquity Welcome Center

Antiquity is made up of two full sims and thirteen homesteads, in total 15 (!) sims that are spread over 3 levels, the ground level, the Forest level at 2000m and the cotswolds level at 3800m. It exists for over 11 years now and has developed over time. Antiquity is a roleplay community for the time period of 1730-1830. The sims are owned by Jacon Cortes de Bexar (Jacon Cortes).

Antiquity orientation maps

Besides or within the roleplay you can follow different activities in Antiquity and you can visit several historical buildings. There are equestrian facilities, sailing facilities, markets, taverns and inns. And of course there are quite some regular and special events. At Antiquity you will find the Buckingham palace, the Texas Capitol building, two manors, historic parks, and permanent and rotating art exhibits. This would be enough material for 10 blogpost if I only had enough time for visiting and writing. I think I’ll never get bored in Second Life *winks*

Regency Buckingham – public tour map

I decided to visit Regency Buckingham as I had intended. At the entrance you can grab a very elaborated notecard for a public tour with a description and history of what you see. First of all it is not the Buckingham palace as we know it in this day and age, but rather it is what George IV. intended to build when he ordered the architect John Nash to build the palace instead of the Buckingham house for him in the 1820s.

Regency Buckingham – Grand Entrance (1) (upper left) / Bow room (3) (upper right) / Green Drawing room (9) (lower left) / Blue Drawing room (13) (lower right)

All of the art you see within, and much of the furnishing and other aspects of the decor, have been selected or created on the basis of the extensive resources provided online by the Royal Collection Trust. The Regency Buckingham in Second Life is the result of 3.5 years work of Jacon Cortes with the help of Crotian Egerton, Twelfth Night, Leandro Malaspina, Cathryn Beaumont and Gaianed Francisco di Cremona. Art has been curated from the Royal Collection by Jane Ixtar and Tiamat Windstorm.

Regency Buckingham – Throne Room (10) (upper left) / Music room (14) (upper right) / Throne Room (10) with Queen Diomita (lower left) / Grand Staircase (7) (lower right)

I made the tour of Regency Buckingham following the orientation map, that is also enclosed in the notecard. For every room you get very detailed and specific information about the background, the use of the room and the exhibited art. Most of the art, like in the halls, are collections from certain kings. None is painted after the 1840s.

Regency Buckingham – State Dining room (12) (upper left) / Ministers Staircase (16) (upper right) / King’s Gallery (11) (lower left) / Diomita with the “tour guide”
(lower right)

It was once again a very impressive experience to visit the palace. It’s also good to see that there’re very strong and passionate communities in Second Life that do exist for more than a decade – and that the Regency Buckingham is still in this virtual world. I personally think, if you’re in Second Life, Regency Buckingham is one of the places you must have seen. Thank you Jacon for your dedication and for enabling this really outstanding piece of Second Life.

Landmark to Antiquity (Visitors Center)
Landmark to Antiquity – Regency Buckingham (Forest level)

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