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The seat of British power for a thousand years. Originally this site was home to King Canute, the legendary king so prideful he believed his command alone could hold back the waves. It continued as a Royal Residence, under its official name the Palace of Westminster, until King Henry VIII vacated it for York Place. The Parliament had been meeting in the palace for some centuries already, but now the building was solely for the use of the two Houses of Parliament: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Guy Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators famously attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament on the 5th November 1605 - a date no English child is allowed to forget. Two centuries later it was destroyed anyway by an accidental fire. Its replacement, the building we see today, with its Gothic style representing a conservative legacy, has become an icon for democracy and London all over the world, especially its later adjunct, Big Ben.
Address: Parliament Square, SW1
Directions: Westminster tube station
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