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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland England, Wales and Scotland are in the Great Britain. Northern Ireland is in the north-eastern part of Ireland. The larger part of Ireland is the Irish Republic.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland The climate of the British Isles is not very cold in winter and never very hot in summer. All parts of the British Isles get a lot of rain in all seasons.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland There are four nationalities which have their own language and culture: the English, the Irish, the Welsh, the Scottish. The population of the the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is almost 56 mln.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland London, the capital, is one of many important industrial centers. Clothes, food, planes, cars are made in and around London. It is 2000 years old. Many years ago London was a small town on the Thames. Now London is a beautiful city.
The Tower of London The Tower of London is the most famous of all the historical buildings in London. It stands today almost unchanged since it was built in the 11th century. It was a fortress, a royal palace and later a prison. But today it is a museum. There are a lot of interesting collections in the Tower of London.
St. Paul’s Cathedral It is the second famous church. St. Paul’s Cathedral is the greatest work of England’s greatest architect, Christopher Wren. The Cathedral was begun in 1675. It was opened in 1697 but was finished only in 1710, when Wren was almost 80 years old. There are memorials to many famous men of England in the Cathedral.
Trafalgar Square Trafalgar Square is in the centre of the West End of London. In the centre there is Nelson’s Column with the figure of the great seaman who defeated the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Trafalgar Square is the place where mass meetings and demonstrations take place.
Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Circus is a square in the central part of London. It is the meeting point of six streets. London’s best-known theatres and cinemas and most famous restaurants are on Piccadilly Circus. In the square you can see people of many nationalities and hear a lot of different languages.
The Houses of Parliament The Houses of Parliament in London, known also as the Palace of Westminster, is the place where members of Parliament gather to make laws. The Houses of Parliament is a very large building which stands near the Thames.
Big Ben The bell weights 13 tons. The man in charge of the building was Sir Benjamin Hall. He was very tall, so the workers called him Big Ben. It strikes every hour. There are two tall towers at the corners of the building and one of them is the Clock Tower. It was built in 1858 by the English people.
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