Most people don’t even have to have travel to the UK to know some of the amazing buildings and tourist attractions that are scattered all over the relatively small country. In fact, the average person would probably have more of a chance of rattling off a list of famous and amazing buildings in the UK than they would of listing some where they have been born and bred!
This well known structure is now well over 150 years old and is the classic feature of many UK tourist shots. It is the nickname for the clock tower that stands at the end of the Palace of Westminster. In 2012, it was officially renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. This amazing clock tower, which is the third largest in the world, is constructed of hundreds and hundreds of bricks set in limestone cladding with a further frame of cast iron.
Home to Queen Elizabeth, this huge palace has been the official home of royals since the 1800s. It has had many revamps and extensions over its years – has been through several wars and suffered major damage at times but is a presence in itself – covering an area of 77,000m2 of floor space – imagine mopping those floors?! With over 700 internal rooms, many fitted out with the most ornate decoration – it is hard to imagine how people all those years ago came up with such designs. It’s not as if they had Hyundai Construction Equipment at their disposal for the mammoth construction tasks that would have been on hand – so its design and building features are a work of art in itself.
This gothic style structure is a sight to see and is located in the City of Westminster, London. Construction of this intricate masterpiece commenced in 1245 when Henry III selected it as the site for his burial. Many important celebrations, including the coronations and burials of numerous Monarchs of England have been held in this church and more recently, well known royal weddings.
St Paul’s Cathedral
With the dome of this church dominating London’s skyline for over 300 years, this beautiful building sitting on the highest point of London has become one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The home of the Church of England, this is one of the oldest buildings in this famous city with construction of the current church on the site starting in the 1700s
It’s no wonder that construction of this landmark took 8 years. Commencing in 1886, over 70,000 tonnes of concrete went into the foundation of this building and over 11,000 tonnes of steel have gone into the framework of the double tower bridge that crosses the River Thames.
These five buildings, are some of just a few in the city of London alone – there are many more buildings of magnificent detail and construction prowess that scatter the country of the UK.
Written by Michael Mace