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London's Famous Buildings

London's Famous Buildings

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Published by Marie Khalsa

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Published by: Marie Khalsa on Mar 14, 2011
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If
you've never been to London, or have even been there several times, there are points of interest throughout the city that are worth checking out. London 
London'  s Famous Buldngs
Perhaps one of the most famousbuildings in London is BuckinghamPalace
If you've never been to London, or have even been there several times, there are points of interest throughout the city that are worth checking out. London is not only rich in history,but offers wonderfully famous buildings.Visiting them during your trip is definitely a must.
Perhaps one of the mostfamous buildings inLondon is BuckinghamPalace. The home ofQueen Elizabeth II, it hashoused Britain'ssovereigns since 1837.Since then it has evolvedfrom a mere town housethat was once owned bythe Dukes of Buckinghamin the 18th century.Other famous buildingsthat house London'sroyalty are St. JamesPlace, Clarence House,and also KensingtonPalace. Kensington Palacewas started in 1689 whenWilliam and Marypurchased the mansionshortly after theirascension. It was thenconverted to a royal palaceby Sir Christopher Wren.Today half of the building isused for royal apartmentswhile the other half is opento the public.Sir Christopher Wren alsodesigned and built St.Paul's Cathedral followingthe Great Fire of 1666. Itwas left in ruins after thefire and Wren wascommissioned to rebuild itby London's authorities.This building is consideredto be Wren's greatestcreation.The Tower of London hadoriginally been built for useas a fortress to keep outhostile Londoners and tosurvey enemies whoapproached on theThames river. Since then ishas been used as apalace, library, mint,treasury, bank, arsenal,observatory, and, mostfamously, a prison.Westminster Abbey isn'tjust one of the morebeautiful of London'sfamous buildings, but it isalso the final resting placefor some of Britain's mostfamous monarchs, thesetting for coronations, andalso other wonderfulpageants. Within its wallsvisitors can see greatexamples of London'smedical architecture, aswell as an impressivecollection of toms andmonuments. WestminsterAbby is perhaps most well-known for being the site ofPrincess Diana's funeral.Completed in 1871, RoyalAlbert Hall is a beautifulstructure that wasmodelled after Romanamphitheatres. Today thehall is used for bothclassical concerts andother large gatherings.In 1514, the Archbishop ofYork, Cardinal Wolsey,started Hampton CourtPalace with the intentionsof it being a riversidecountry residence. But in1535, with the hopes ofgaining royal favour,Wolsey offered it to KingHenry VIII. As with otherfamous buildings inLondon, Sir ChristopherWren once again had ahand in it when he washired by William and Maryin the 1690's to create itsbeautiful baroquelandscapes.

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