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Houses of Parliament

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UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    Historical Architecture
Recommended sightseeing time: 1-2 hours
Address: City of Westminster, London, UK
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Phone: +44-20-72194114

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The London Parliament building, originally named Westminster Palace, built on the Thames, is the political center of Britain, the seat of the upper and lower houses of the British legislature, and some people call it a symbol of British democracy. The building is often lit up late at night across the Thames. It is also the most striking building on Whitehall, the symbol of the British monarchy and one of the world's largest Goethe buildings. The area is 30,000 square meters, with 1,000 rooms, a total length of 3 km, more than 100 stairs, 11 inner courtyards, visitors can only walk to the access to both houses. London's parliament building is located on a nearly trapezoidal section on the Thames in central London, facing the Thames, which is built on sections of the Thames that form many inner courtyards. The Victoria Tower is the tallest in the southwest corner of the building, 103 meters high, and the 97 meters tall bell tower is also very striking, known as the "Big Ben" clock. The building was originally built as a royal palace, built in 1060, and has been built since then until Henry VIII moved away in 1512.

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Westminster Palace in London is a magnificent example of Gothic revival architecture. It houses the parliament of the United Kingdom and is thus also known as the Houses of Parliament. In 1834, a fire destroyed most of the Palace, only sparing Westminster Hall. The building as we see it today is the result of a rebuilding process spanning many years. The needle-like spires covering the roof of the Palace nowadays were designed by the architect Charles Barry, whose most distinctive mark on the Houses of Parliament remains the bell tower housing Big Ben.
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