Palace of Westminster
meeting place of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, located in London, England
The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, in London, is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom meet.
|Palace of Westminster|
|Location||City of Westminster, London, England|
|Coordinates||51°29′57″N 00°07′29″W / 51.49917°N 0.12472°WCoordinates: 51°29′57″N 00°07′29″W / 51.49917°N 0.12472°W|
|Area||112,476 m2 (1,210,680 sq ft)  (internal)|
|Demolished||1834 (due to fire)|
|Architectural style(s)||Perpendicular Gothic Revival|
|Owner||Queen Elizabeth II in right of the Crown|
|Official name: Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church|
|Criteria||i, ii, iv|
|Designated||1987 (11th session)|
Listed Building – Grade I
|Official name: Houses of Parliament / The Palace of Westminster|
|Designated||5 February 1970|
In 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted to blow the Palace up. He was caught and later executed. This was called the Gunpowder Plot, and is celebrated on 5 November every year.
The original building was used as a palace and home to the Parliament of England. After a fire in 1834, the building was used as a Parliament building.
Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Westminster Palace is an example of Gothic Revival architecture.
- ↑ "Palace of Westminster: Factsheet" (PDF). Restoration and Renewal. Houses of Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
- ↑ Parliamentary Debates, House of Lords, 17 May 2006, "The Palace of Westminster is therefore Crown land because it is land in which there is a Crown interest, in this case an interest belonging to Her Majesty in right of the Crown.", column 339 Archived 11 May 2021 at the Wayback Machine
- ↑ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1226284)". National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 UNESCO, "Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
Media related to Palace of Westminster at Wikimedia Commons
- Parliament.uk, Palace of Westminster
- Westminster Abbey website
- St Margaret's Church