Monday, June 17, 2013

Palace of Westminster, London - ENGLAND - UNESCO #426

A friend of mine went to London and I asked her to post me some postcards, they arrive today - thanks Ana! This one shows the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, not only the greatest icon of London but also part of a UNESCO site that includes Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church... I need those two to properly complete this WHS, but I'll check this site on the list right away! Checking my maths I now have 49 sites (one more to half a hundred), 913 to go. This postcard took 7 days to arrive!

UNESCO #426 - Westminster Palace (Houses of Parliament) - ENGLAND
Westminster Palace, rebuilt from the year 1840 on the site of important medieval remains, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. The site – which also comprises the small medieval Church of Saint Margaret, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, and Westminster Abbey, where all the sovereigns since the 11th century have been crowned – is of great historic and symbolic significance, encapsulating the history of one of the most ancient of parliamentary monarchies of present times and the growth of parliamentary and constitutional institutions. The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, commonly known as the Houses of Parliament.

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