Surprising facts about the Palace of Westminster
Two houses, one great landmark
The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is one of Great Britain's most recognized buildings. Located in London overlooking the River Thames, there's been a palace on this site since the 11th century, though what you see today dates back to 1870 when a new palace was completed after a devastating fire in 1834. The Palace of Westminster serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The palace, together with Westminster Hall and Elizabeth Tower—home to Big Ben—are among the most popular historical attractions tourists elect to visit during their stay in the capital. So, are you planning to peruse the Palace of Westminster?
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