Top 5 attractions in London
|Date Added: July 01, 2012 02:10:42 AM|
With a history of over 2000 years, London still captivates the interest and admiration of people everywhere, as this is a place where the past, present and future meet.
1. Westminster Abbey and Parliament Palace
This former Benedictine monastery was built in the XIth century by Edward the Confessor and was completed in its current form in 1745. The huge building has a typical medieval architecture and the tallest Gothic nave in England (32 meters). Also, here is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Parliament House is 1,000 years old and is located opposite the Westminster Abbey. The palace tower houses the famous Big Ben clock, whose sound is used by BBC to announce the exact time.
2. London Eye
Built to celebrate the year 2000, this wheel is the highest in the world (135 meters) and offers a fascinating view of London. It is located on the banks of Thames, opposite to the Palace of Parliament. One rotation takes about 30 minutes and on a clear day you can see over a distance of 40 km.
3. Buckingham Palace
This palace is the residence of the Queen, and during summertime, the public can visit the State Rooms and royal parks. Do not miss the famous changing of the guards, in their special red uniforms and tall hats. On special occasions, the Queen and the royal family members come out on the palace’s balcony to greet the crowd.
4. Natural History Museum and Science Museum
The Natural History Museum was originally the repository for the samples of Charles Darwin and Joseph Banks, Cook's botanist. Currently, the museum hosts over 70 million exhibits. The main attractions include a life sized model of a blue whale and a model of a T Rex dinosaur that moves and makes sounds. The Science Museum is very close nearby and features the world of science and technological inventions. Here you can admire the first steam locomotive in the world, Apollo 11 Command Module and you can watch 3D projections on a giant screen. Also, the museum features exhibitions from the worlds of shipping, aeronautics and technology leadership
6. The British Museum
This is the oldest museum in the world and houses over six million exhibits. Among them is the Rosetta stone, discovered in 1799, which allowed the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics. The museum exposes extremely varied objects, ranging from Egyptian mummies to Roman treasures.