Interesting places I've Photographed
The Palace of Westminster, Elizabeth Clock Tower, Thames River
Topic: Philatelic Photographs
GPS: N51° 30.027; W000° 07.204
Classic view of The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament and the newly named Elizabeth Tower from across the Thames River near the Westminster Bridge.
The Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as The Palace of Westminster, is built on the site of the eleventh century royal palace, the primary London residence of the Kings of England which was destroyed by fire in 1512. Upon reconstruction it became home to the House of Parliament. Another fire consumed the site in 1834 which required complete rebuilding. Charles Barry was selected as the architect for the present structure. Construction started in 1840 and lasted for thirty years. This familiar landmark is built in the perpendicular Gothic style.
The famous Clock Tower that houses the Big Ben chimes has recently been named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and is now known as the Elizabeth Tower. The tower is designed by Augustus Pugin in Gothic Revival style. It is sixteen storeys, 315 feet, high.
The stamp was issued by Great Britain (U.K.) on April 23, 2007 as part of a four stamp souvenir sheet entitled Celebrating England.