I submit nothing.
|Big Ben isn't as big as one would assume. We love him anyways.|
Fun Facts: it called "West Minster" (West Monastery) to distinguish it from the East Minster, the part of the city around St. Paul's. Westminster Abbey was originally built by Edward the Confessor; completed and dedicated Christmas Day 1065. Henry VIII was the last king to live in Westminster Palace.
The area, while touristy, felt so much like what one imagines London to be that I found myself falling in love with this city all over again. How could I have lived here for six weeks before walking past Big Ben? Is that not illegal? Because it should be. To walk this area is to walk quintessential London. I felt at home.
Westminster Abbey was gorgeous; I always love visiting churches but this was something else. The sheer size of it was unbelievable. It is big enough that I did not even attempt to get a picture of its entitreity. I did this walk on a Sunday afternoon so it was closed to visitors at the time. *sad face*
No worries though, this Friday we will be attending Evensong there and I can hardly wait to see its granduer from inside!
The detailing kills me. Can I please just take these doors home with me?
I can't lie, seeing Big Ben for the first time was exciting. I had been wondering how I had managed to avoid him for over a month. Then I saw him.. And laughed because it all made sense. He is not nearly as big as I had pictured. I am sure when originally built he was the biggest thing around, but as the city grew up around his grace was quieted by the demanding structures around. Still classic London and I still loved seeing him right out of the tube stop. He already feels like an old friend that I will need to go back and visit again and again.
Maybe I am just oblivious, but I previously was unaware the Big Ben was part of Westminster Palace. That was a pleasant surprise, even if I felt dumber for it.