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UK / LONDON: The Palace of Westminster and St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London..


Halina Bednarz 2009-08-05

The Palace of Westminster- the site of the Houses of Parliament
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The Palace of Westminster- the site of the Houses of Parliament

The Palace of Westminster - the site of the Houses of Parliament

Palace of Westminster wasa royal palace and former residence of kings. Edward the Confessor had the original palace built in the eleventh century.
The layout of the Palace is intricate, with its existing buildings containing nearly 1,200 rooms, 100 staircases, and well over 3 kilometers (2 miles) of passages.

Big Ben

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It is an outstanding example of the neo-Gothic style.
At the west end of the Palace is the Victoria Tower, while in the east the old Big Ben adjoins the magnificent building. The famous bell tower is 315 feet high and has been showing the exact time since 1859!

Big Ben
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Big Ben


Stephan's Hall, Statue Richard I

Stephan's Hall, Statue Richard I
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Stephan's Hall, Statue Richard I


Hall of Westminster, Statue of Cromwell

Hall of Westminster, Statue of Cromwell
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Hall of Westminster, Statue of Cromwell


From the London Eye view
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From the London Eye view


Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey was founded in AD960 as a Benedictine monastery.  Westminster Abbey is the nation's Coronation Church and also the burial and memorial place for historical figures from the last thousand years of British history.

Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey


The Tower of London (the White Tower)

The Tower of London (the White Tower)
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The Tower of London (the White Tower)

The Tower of London was home to the kings and queens of England for many years. (Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of Britain's sovereign since 1837.)
The Tower of London was a prison and many famous prisoners were held.

It was built by William the Conqueror from around 1080 to 1100. He brought his own secondhand stone from France to build the Tower.

The Tower of London (the White Tower)
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The Tower of London (the White Tower)


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