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SIGHTS of Great Britain
The London Eye The London Eye is a giant 135-metre tall Ferris wheel which is situated on the banks of the River Thames in the British capital. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. The London Eye is located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.
Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey is a Gothic church in London that is the traditional place where the English monarchs are crowned and buried. It is located next to the Houses of Parliament in the heart of London.
The Tower of London The Tower of London is an ancient fortress in London. Now it’s a museum of armour and also the place where Crown Jewels are kept. It comprises not one, but 20 towers. The oldest of which is the White Tower. Many stories associated with British history come from the Tower. In 1483 King Edward IV’s two sons were murdered in the so-called Bloody Tower. Over two centuries later the skeletons of two little boys were found buried beneath the steps in the White Tower.Of course, no visit to the Tower would be complete without seeing the ravens; huge black birds. The legend states that if the ravens were to leave the Tower the Crown will fall, and Britain with it. Under the special care of the Raven Master, the ravens are fed a daily diet of raw meat. And there is no danger of them flying away, because their wings are clipped.
The White Tower The White Tower is a central tower, the old tower, at the Tower of London. It was started in 1078 by William the Conqueror who ordered the White Tower to be built inside the south-east part of The City walls, near the River Thames. It was built to protect London from outside invaders. William ordered the Tower to be built of stone. The tower was finished around 1087 by his sons and successors, William Rufus and Henry I.
Stonehenge Stonehenge is a prehistoriс monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 13 kilometres to the north to Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones.
The University of Cambridge The University of Cambridge is public, research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both England and the English-speaking world and the seventh-oldest globally. It is one of the best universities in the world. The graduates of University have won a total of 61 Nobel Prizes. Academic staff of University won a total of 52 Nobel Prizes.
Madame Tussauds Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud and was formerly known as "Madame Tussaud's". Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction in London, displaying waxworks of historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars and famous murderers.
Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is a medieval castle and royal residence in Windsor. The original castle was built after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror, and since the time of Henry I it has been used by a succession of monarchs. The castle includes the 15th-century St George's Chapel. More than five hundred people live and work in Windsor, making it the largest inhabited castle in the world.
The Tower Bridge The Tower Bridge is a beautiful monument in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London.
The British Museum The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present
Big Ben Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock in the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in May 2009. The tower is 96.3 metres high.
Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace is the London home and primary residence of the British monarch. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. They include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence and is used to receive and entertain guests, ceremonial and official occasions for the Royal Family. The Palace is located between The Green Park, Hyde Park and St. James's Park. Buckingham Palace's 19 state rooms, ballroom and gardens are open to visitors during August and September.
Kensington Palace Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. Kensington Palace is also used as an unofficial basis by Prince Harry, as well as his cousin Zara Phillips. It was the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales (until her death in 1997).
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