The Houses of Parliament
Unveil the wonder of six structures that define the world's skyline. Learn how and why these buildings were constructed and used, as well as the role they play in the history of each culture they represent. From ancient times to the 20th century, these architectural monuments stand as lasting tributes to religion, romance, politics, and human spirit.
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Westminster in Flames
The Palace of Westminster
The Plan for the New Building
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