Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament (otherwise known as The Palace of Westminster) stands on the site where Edward the Confessor built the orginal palace during the 11th century. Much of the old palace was destroyed in 1834 when a fire broke out on the site. In the following year a Royal Commission was created to study the rebuilding of the palace.

The architect to redesign the Houses of Parliament was chosen through a public competition. It was specified by the comissioners that the style of the building should be either Gothic or Elizabeth, that the winning design need not retain the orginal layout and that the surviving building parts of the Palace (Westminster Hall, the Undercroft Chapel and the Cloisters of St. Steven's) should be incorporated into the design.


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