This world-famous clock determines the New Year in GMT. The building of the clock started in 1837 (when the English Parliament was rebuilt), and was completed in 1859. The opening was timed to Queen Victoria ascend to the throne. Since then, the clock has become one of the main symbols of England and London, the object of inspiration for many filmmakers, artists and photographers. Illusionist David Copperfield even got the clock to disappear from people and locators sight for some time. But the clock has remained in its place and every year, it beats off 12 solemn strokes after the traditional appeal to the subjects of Elizabeth II, great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Probably the oldest and most beloved national tradition is monarchy. Its symbol – Buckingham Palace ”“ is the residence of Queen Elizabeth II, now open to public inspection.
The legendary Stonehenge (dating from around 3100 – 1800 BC) ”“ is the most famous prehistoric site in Europe. Over the centuries disputes are held on the appointment of Stonehenge, among the versions there was also a suggestion that this is the temple of the ancient Celts, and an astronomical observatory, and the fact that the creators of this megalithic ring of vertical stone slabs were aliens, but its mystery has not been solved.
Tower Bridge is recognizable, probably, around the world. It has become the symbol of London as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York City. It seems even banal, as its image is so closely connected with the capital of England. Nevertheless, again and again, it shakes the viewer with its grandeur and austerity of forms. At night, the medieval darkness of Tower Bridge disappears and, thanks to the modern illuminations, it appears to us as a kind of fantastic fairy-tale structure.