Palace of Westminster, House of Parliament


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This Powerpoint slideshow presentation sketchs the history of this well-known building, Palace of Westminster by the River Thames, in London. It is the seat of the Houses of Parliament, the law making organ of the United Kindgom. The Big Ben clock tower is recognized as a landmark of London.

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Palace of Westminster, House of Parliament

  1. 1. Palace of Westminster The Houses of Parliament, London The present Neo-Gothic building of the Palace of Westminster was built between 1837 and 1860. It is about 150 years old, when the British Empire was on the rise.All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Availablefree for non-commercial and personal use. First created 6 Apr 2012. Version 1.0 - 14 Apr 2012. Jerry Tse. London.
  2. 2. The 1834 Fire The old Houses of Parliament was burnt down in 1834. The watching public cheered as the roof fell in.
  3. 3. The Burning of the Houses of Parliament. 1835. by Turner. English. Cleveland Museum of Art.
  4. 4. Westminster HallOnly the Westminster Hallsurvived the fire of 1834. The hall was significantly remodelled by Richard II, in 1393.
  5. 5. The entrance façade of the Westminster Hall today.
  6. 6. The spacious interior of the Westminster Hall, first built in 1067. It was the largest hall in England and probably inEurope at that time. Originally it was used for banquets.
  7. 7. The roof was rebuilt in 1399. It is the largest medieval timber roof in northern Europe with a span of 69 feet.
  8. 8. There are 26 carved angels on the beams. It carries a shied with the royal arms of France and Englandand wings on the sides of the beams. It was carved by Robert Grassington.
  9. 9. The Queen address to Parliament in the Westminster Hall on 20 March 2012.
  10. 10. InteriorThe parliament has twohouses. This is the Houseof Commons where theelected representativesdebate and pass laws. Chamber of the House of Commons.
  11. 11. Chamber of the House of Lords. The 825 members of the House of Lords are made up of life peers (700) appointedby the government and hereditary Lords.
  12. 12. The Central Lobby, a common meeting place.
  13. 13. The Royal Gallery is often used when members of the two Housesmeet together to hear addresses by visiting heads of State.
  14. 14. The Robing room is used by the Queen for the annual State Opening of Parliament. It ishere the Queen puts on the Imperial State Crown and here ceremonial robes.
  15. 15. Exterior
  16. 16. The Bell Tower. The new building on the right provides more space for the parliament.
  17. 17. Big Ben installed in 1858.
  18. 18. The New Palace Yard with the Westminster Hall on the right.
  19. 19. Big Ben and the Westminster Hall behind Cromwell’s statue.
  20. 20. A tower near the St Stephen’s Entrance.
  21. 21. This is the statue of Oliver Cromwell, aparliamentarian of the English Civil War,holding a Bible in his hand.He led a successful rebellion to overthrowthe King Charles I, who was executed in1649. This established the supremacy ofthe Houses of Parliament over themonarch.
  22. 22. Statue of Oliver Cromwell (Detail). 1899. Bronze. Hamo Thorneycroft. English. Palace of Westminster.
  23. 23. The St Stephen’s Entrance.
  24. 24. The façade above the St Stephen’s
  25. 25. The Peer’s Tower.
  26. 26. The Central Lobby Tower in the middle.
  27. 27. The Palace Yard with the St Stephen Entrance on the left.
  28. 28. On the wall of the St Stephen’s Entrance.
  29. 29. The Equestrian Statue of Richard I (Lionheart). He led a crusade to the Holy land and spent 6 months of his 10 year in England.
  30. 30. Richard the Lionheart was born in France and French was his first language. The sculptor was Baron Marochetti, erected in 1856.
  31. 31. The House of Lords Entrance.
  32. 32. Victoria Tower.
  33. 33. A flag post holder lion onthe Victoria Tower.
  34. 34. Statues on the Victoria Tower viewed from the south.
  35. 35. The façade of the south face.
  36. 36. A view from the south.
  37. 37. The Victoria Tower viewed from the Thames.
  38. 38. The façade face the River Thames.
  39. 39. The End The Houses of Parliament, Sunset. 1903. by Monet. French. National Gallery of Art. Washington DC.All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective Music – An extract from Pomp andowners. Available free for non-commercial and personal Circumstances by Edward Elgar.use.