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Richard III Centre to open July 26, encompassing his grave in the parking lot

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The King Richard lll Visitor Centre will open July 26 in Leicester, England.Timed tickets are now on sale for King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery, Britain’s newest visitor attraction.

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The Centre will encompass the grave where Richard III’s remains were discovered 527 years after they were buried. The pit grave lay beneath a modern parking lot when archaeologists discovered the body in August 2012. The roughly dug trench is now the center of a glass-floored contemplative space for visitors.

The center is located in the former Alderman Newton’s School at the heart of the city’s Cathedral Quarter. The red brick school forms the backdrop for the royal grave.

In spring 2015, King Richard III will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, which is just 100 steps away from the Centre.

The high-tech display will also include a detailed facial reconstruction of the king, as well as a replica of his battle-scarred skeleton that clearly shows the fatal blow to his skull.

King Richard III was Britain’s last Plantagenet king, ruling from 1483-1485. He was defeated by Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, on Bosworth Battlefield. He was the last British king to die in battle, in the last charge of knights in full medieval armor.

King Richard’s skeleton was buried hastily in the choir of Leicester’s Grey Friars church, and lost for centuries.

A team of archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) discovered the royal skeleton in his original Grey Friars grave, now under a Leicester municipal parking lot. His royal identity was confirmed in February 2013 through carbon dating and DNA matches with two 17th-generation descendants living today.

The King Richard center will explore all aspects of the sovereign’s life and mysterious disappearance.

Dynasty tells the story of the king’s life and times in medieval England and his rise to power.

Death presents the key players in the Battle of Bosworth and how betrayal led to the king being cut down while defending his crown.

Discovery will reveal perhaps the greatest archaeological detective story ever told, including the latest science and analysis used in the rediscovery and identification of Richard III.

When you go

Timed tickets at the King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery.

Leicester is an East Midlands city 70 rail minutes north of London. BritRail. Visit Britain.

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