The Palace of Westminster

An obligatory stop en route to the ancient centre of London. This neo-Gothic building is in the background of thousands of photographs.

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The Palace of Westminster

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As you enjoy a walk by London's city centre and the shore of the River Thames, you can't help but approach the Parliament and this might result in being impossible not to take a photograph from the bridge that stands next to the palace, and even more so when the sun sets over the building. The image of this neo-Gothic building, which was renovated by Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin following the fire in 1834, has been converted into one of the city's main icons. In addition, this building was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. It was a royal residence for centuries and constitutes the central meeting place for the government's political and legislative matters. As well as enjoying its architecture and Victoria Tower Gardens, which are the only one of the four gardens open to the public, you can also visit inside the chambers (although this has a timetable that is limited to the Saturdays between July and September), or even attend a parliamentary session (you may gain admission from Monday to Thursday between October and July). This is a strategic point on the touristic route to Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, since all these monuments form the ancient centre of the City of London.

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