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This is a panorama of the Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster. It is the seat of government for the UK, and is where parliament is convened. Historically it used be a royal palace, the oldest part (the Mediaeval Hall) being built during the reign of William the First sometime around 1099! Formal control for the building was passed over in 1965.

Most of the current exterior dates from around 1834 as much of the original structure was destoyed by fire at that point. The architect responsible for the building we see today was Sir Charles Barry, who was also responsible for buildings as far afield as Manchester and Malta!

The Clock Tower which is commonly (but erroneously) called Big Ben, actually contains a bell named "Big Ben" - it's this bell that strikes the hour chimes. The bell itself weighs an impressive 13.5 tons and now strikes in the note of "F". It has changed slightly since its original casting though, apparently in September 1859 (just two months after installation) it cracked! After several years of legal wrangling it was eventually turned 90° to strike the uncracked side.

Tech: USM, Manually stitched in Photoshop.

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