Archive for the 'United Kingdom' Category

Westminster Abbey

Filed under: Religious, United Kingdom

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Westminster Abbey is a large Gothic church located in Westminster, London. It is now known as The Church of St Peter, Westminster and is the place of coronation and burial for English monarchs.

The Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey along with Saint Margaret’s Church are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Wembley Stadium

Filed under: Stadiums, United Kingdom

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Wembley Stadium, located in the Brent, London, England is the  home of England’s national football team.  It is the second largest (capacity-wise) stadium in Europe.

It re-opened in early 2007 after being demolished and rebuilt starting in 2003.

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Piccadilly Circus

Filed under: Streets & Roads, United Kingdom

Piccadilly Circus is a famous intersection that is located in London’s West End neighborhood.  It is known for its neon signs that are located on a corner building of the intersection.

There are many major shops located in the area, such as Virgin Megastore, HMV, and Lillywhites.   A cast aluminum sculpture, The Angel of Christian Charity, is located in the circle.

Mentions of Piccadilly Circus are found throughout popular culture such as Austin Powers,  Wayne’s World, Bob Marley’s “Kinky Reggae” and others.

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Filed under: Landmarks, United Kingdom

The original Globe Theater opened in London in 1599 and was destroyed by fire in 1613.  It was rebuilt in 1614 and closed in 1642.

The new theater was built in 1997 and is about 200 yards from the location of the original.  It is the first building in London allowed to have a thatched roof since the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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Clock Tower (Big Ben)

Filed under: Landmarks, United Kingdom

The Clock Tower, which is widely known as Big Ben, is located at the Northeastern end of the Houses of Parliament in London.  It has become a worldwide symbol for London and the United Kingdom.

The hour hand on each clock face is 9 feet long and the minute hand is 14 feet long.

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Tower of London

Filed under: Historical, United Kingdom

The Tower of London is a historic monument in London.  It is a complex of buildings within walls and a moat.  It is most famous for being the place where the Crown Jewels are kept.  It has also been a prison, zoo, treasury.  It dates back to 1078 when it was founded by William the Conqueror.

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