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First created 6 Apr 2012. Version 1.0 - 14 Apr 2012. Jerry Tse. London. Palace of Westminster All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. 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.
The 1834 Fire The old Houses of Parliament was burnt down in 1834. The watching public cheered as the roof fell in.
The Burning of the Houses of Parliament. 1835. by Turner. English. Cleveland Museum of Art.
Westminster Hall Only the Westminster Hall survived the fire of 1834. The hall was significantly remodelled by Richard II, in 1393.
The entrance façade of the Westminster Hall today.
The spacious interior of the Westminster Hall, first built in 1067. It was the largest hall in England and probably in Europe at that time. Originally it was used for banquets.
The roof was rebuilt in 1399. It is the largest medieval timber roof in northern Europe with a span of 69 feet.
There are 26 carved angels on the beams. It carries a shied with the royal arms of France and England and wings on the sides of the beams. It was carved by Robert Grassington.
The Queen address to Parliament in the Westminster Hall on 20 March 2012.
Chamber of the House of Commons. The parliament has two houses. This is the House of Commons where the elected representatives debate and pass laws. Interior
Chamber of the House of Lords. The 825 members of the House of Lords are made up of life peers (700) appointed by the government and hereditary Lords.
This is the statue of Oliver Cromwell, a parliamentarian of the English Civil War, holding a Bible in his hand. He led a successful rebellion to overthrow the King Charles I, who was executed in 1649. This established the supremacy of the Houses of Parliament over the monarch.
Statue of Oliver Cromwell (Detail). 1899. Bronze. Hamo Thorneycroft. English. Palace of Westminster.
All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. Music – An extract from Pomp and Circumstances by Edward Elgar. The Houses of Parliament, Sunset. 1903. by Monet. French. National Gallery of Art. Washington DC. The End