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Houses of Parliament Ė The Parliament building is the home of the two houses of Parliament - the House of Commons and the House of Lords but is still known as the Palace of Westminster.

It was once the home of the Royal Family. The first Royal palace is from 1065 and King Edward the Confessor lived there with his family. In 1512 following a fire King Henry VIII moved out of the palace to Whitehall Palace.

Westminster Hall is the oldest part of the building. It survived the fire in 1834 which burnt down the palace. It was completely rebuild afterwards and was finished in 1870. The walls of the Hall were built in 1097. It is the largest medieval hall with an unsupported roof in Europe. Today it is used for important occasions and events.

During World War II the House of Commons chamber was completely destroyed by the bombings. It was rebuilt in 1950 and designed by Architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.
Big Ben is the famous clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. The light on the top of the tower illuminates when the parliament is in session.
Houses of Parliament London
Where are the Houses of Parliament: Bridge Street, SW1

How to get to the Houses of Parliament: Subway - Circle, District, Jubilee lines to Westminster station.

Houses of Parliament London

Houses of Parliament, London

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