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LONDON PART 1
LONDON big ben
LONDON big ben • What is Big Ben? • Big Ben is a huge clock tower, known by the name of its largest bell that dominates the northern end of the building. The height of Big Ben towers is 316 feet. • There are two unproven theories about the name Big Ben. One plausible story is that the name is drawn from Sir Benjamin Hall, chief commissioner of works at the time Big Ben's was hung in 1858. • Big Ben is the largest clock in Britain, with four dials that are each twenty-four feet in diameter; the minute hands are fourteen feet long. Big Ben is actually the second 13 -ton bell made for the clock; the first cracked during testing. • Big Ben's clock is lit at night. A second lamp above the face is illuminated anytime Parliament is in session
LONDON Houses of Parliament
LONDON Houses of Parliament • Visit the building where laws are made, you can attend debates and committees.
LONDON Houses of Parliament • Introduction to the UK Parliament • The UK Houses of Parliament is one of the oldest representative assemblies in the world, having its origins in the mid-13 th Century. From the 14 th Century, parliamentary government in the United Kingdom has been based on a two-chamber system. The House of Lords (the upper house) and the House of Commons (the lower house) sit separately and are constituted on entirely different principles. The relationship between the two Houses is governed largely by convention but is in part defined by the Parliament Acts. The legislative process involves both Houses of Parliament and the Monarch.
LONDON tower of london
LONDON tower of london • The Building of the Tower of London • The Tower of London has been an important part of British royal history for the past one thousand years. Here you can see the beautiful Crown Jewels, see the site of the execution of three English queens and also hear all the myths and legends of the famous Tower of London. • The Tower of London was founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror, it has since been enlarged and extended by successive sovereigns. It is now one of the world’s most spectacular fortresses, its 900 year history making it one of London’s most interesting landmarks. Once the tower begun, it remained unchanged for over a century. Here is a quick timeline of the development of the Tower: • 1066 -1087 - The Tower of London was begun • 1190 -1285 - Two towered curtain walls and a great moat was built around the White Tower • 1327 -1077 - The building of the wharf begun 1377 - • 1399 - The wharf was completed
London Buckingham Palace
London Buckingham Palace • The History of Buckingham Palace • Buckingham Palace was built in 1825 by John Nash. This has been a royal residence since 1837. Buckingham Palace is a working setting for the monarchy - with three hundred staff involved in tasks from running the household to organising banquets for visiting heads of state and arrangements for ambassadors. There are seventy-eight bathrooms at Buckingham Palace, unfortunately none of them are open to the public. From Buckingham Palace the Queen leaves on ceremonial duties. Three times a year there are summer garden parties to celebrate public and private events.
London Westminster Abbey
London Westminster Abbey
London Westminster Abbey • The Importance of Westminster Abbey • England's most visited religious site, Westminster Abbey, is a living monument to British history. Inside there are buried kings, statesmen, warriors, scientists, musicians and poets, including Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Mary I, James I and Charles II. Initially the site of a Norman Abbey, Henry III built the present building in the 13 th century to compete with the great European cathedrals of the time.
LONDON PART 1