The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey are iconic landmarks in London. The huge palace was rebuilt in 1840 and the Abbey has been in use by British rulers all the way back to the 11th century.
Situated on the Thames River, they are imposing buildings symbolizing great power, monarchy, and religion all together.
Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster is also known as the Houses of Parliament, as this is where both of the Houses meet and where laws are made for the United Kingdom. Westminster Abbey is where all of the sovereigns of Britain have been crowned for the past 10 centuries.
One of the most famous attractions that is a part of the Palace of Westminster is Big Ben. Big Ben is a heavy bell weighing 13.5 tons and hangs in a tower over 300 feet high. It is believed to be named after the person who commissioned the works, Benjamin Hall.
Houses of Parliament
The Houses of Parliament are split into two sides, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The House of Commons is full of elected members, whereas the House of Lords was originally hereditary, but today has appointed members. The houses propose, debate, and pass legislation for the country. The Palace is open to the public when parliament is on recess.
Westminster Abbey is a beautiful Early English Gothic building. A total of 17 monarchs have been crowned here. A pretty sanctuary sits in the middle of the Abbey, which is where the royal coronations, weddings, and funerals happen.
St Edward the Confessor was the original founder and his tomb lies within the Abbey with his remains, making his body the only complete saint’s body in the country of Britain today. There are many exquisite areas for visitors to explore in the Abbey, with something new to discover around every corner.