Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Westminster Sunset

In December 2011 I went to the Southbank Centre Christmas Market in London. As the sun set, I saw an opportunity to get this silhouette of the Palace of Westminster.

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and House of Lords. A royal palace was originally built on the site in the eleventh century, but a serious fire on 16th October 1834 destroyed most of the original medieval palace. It was rebuilt between 1840 and 1870 in the Gothic style as seen here. During the Second World War, it was hit by bombs on fourteen separate occasions.

The Victoria Tower can be seen on the left, with the Central Tower next to it. To the right can be seen the Elizabeth Tower, also known as Big Ben.

The palace has been a Grade I listed building since 1970, and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site since 1987.

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