Westminster Palace - Houses of Parliament

Westminster Palace - Houses of Parliament
Westminster Palace - Houses of Parliament

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Westminster Palace

 

Located on the north back of the River Thames is the Westminster Palace, also known as the Houses

of Parliament. Serving as the meeting point of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, the Westminster Palace erected in the 19th century, with the Westminster Hall and the Jewel Tower as

the only remaining original structures, as the rest was devastated by a fire in 1834.This London tourist attraction is composed of 1,100 rooms, 100 staircases and three miles of corridors.

The Palace was formerly ruled by the Lord Great Chamberlain, but in 1965 the control was

transferred to the two houses. The Lord Great Chamberlain still holds some of the ceremonial rooms.

Westminster Palaceís exterior embodies a Gothic architecture, designed by classical architect Sir Charles Barry with Augustus Pugin's assistance. The stonework was initially made from Anston but was replaced by Clipham Stone in 1928 when the Anston started decaying. It is popular for its towers: Victoria Tower, Central Tower, the Big Ben or Clock Tower, St. Stephenís Tower. Other towers include Speaker's and Chancellor's Towers.

The Palace has its galleries and debates open to the public. In fact, the best time to visit the Palace is during the Prime Ministerís Question Time every Wednesday afternoon, although booking a ticket through the embassy is necessary.