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Top London’s Attractions
Содержание Westminster Abbey Trafalgar Square Buckingham Palace Tower of London St Paul’s Cathedral Piccadilly Westminster Palace Madame Tusseau`s Museum
Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey is a Gothic building, which is situated opposite the Houses of Parliament. In 200 years Henry III decided to pull down the Norman Abbey and build a more beautiful one. Westminster Abbey has been closely connected with the Crown over 900 years. The Abbey was rebuilt in the 11th century by a king Edward the Confessor. The Abbey contains monuments to monarchs. It is the meeting place for Parliament from the 14th to the 16th centuries.
Trafalgar Square is the popular place for political rallies and meetings. The Admiral Lord Nelson’s statue surveys the memorial to his great naval victory in 1805. The Admiral’s statue looks towards the House of Parliament. To the other side of the column are fountains. The northern side of Trafalgar Square is dominated by the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s premier collections of European paintings, with masterpieces such as the Madonna of the Pink. Trafalgar Square
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Sovereign. The daily ceremony of the Changing of the Guards takes place in its courtyard. The palace was built in 1703 by the Duke of Buckingam. When Her Majesty the Queen is in the residence, the Royal Standard flutters over the east front. The palace is open to public in August and September. Buckingham Palace
The Tower of London
One of the most ancient building of London is the Tower. It is situated on the north bank of the Thames. The White Tower was built by William the Conqueror to protect and control the city of London. The Tower has been part of the capital’s history for the past 900 years. The fortress first built by William the Conqueror as a citadel, royal palace, seat of the government. The Tower now protects the Crown Jewels. The Tower of London
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most famous building in the world. St Paul’s Cathedral is the spiritual centre of the City. It was first built in 1666. The present building is the fifth cathedral to built built on the site. The architect of the baroque-style building was Sir Christopher Wren. St Paul’s Cathedral `is a fitting final place for many of the nation’s heroes.
Piccadilly Piccadilly is the centre of entertainment. It is the meeting point of six streets. Here you can find the most expensive shops, restaurants and entertainment places. This centre was created in 1980s.
Westminster Palace is situated on the River Thames. The houses of Parliament with Big Ben is situated here. The Parliament consists of the House of Lords & the House of Commons. You can listen to the debates there. Big Ben, the famous clock, doesn` t look very big, but its minute hand is as big as a double-decker bus.
Madame Tusseau`s Museum
Madame Tusseau`s Museum You are sure to know about Madame Tusseau`s Museum. It contains hundreds of wax figures which are sculpture portraits of famous personalities – political figures, painters, musicians, sportsmen and even criminals.