Places of Interest in Great Britain
Britain is rich in its
historic places which link the present with the past. The oldest part of London
is Lud Hill, where the city is originated. About a mile west of it there is
Westminster Palace, where the king lived and the Parliament met, and there is
also Westminster Abbey, the coronation church. Liverpool, the "city of
ships", is England's second greatest port, ranking after London. The most
interesting sight in the Liverpool is the docks. They occupy a river frontage
of seven miles. The University of Liverpool, established in 1903, is noted for
its School of Tropical Medicine. And in the music world Liverpool is a
well-known name, for it's the home town of "The Beatles".
Stratford-on-Avon lies 93
miles north-west of London. Shakespeare was born here in 1564 and here he died
in 1616. Cambridge and Oxford Universities are famous centres of learning.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument, presumably built by Druids, members of an
order of priests in ancient Britain. Tintagel Castle is King Arthur's reputed
birthplace. Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury,
head of the Church of England.
The British Museum is the
largest and richest museum in the world. It was founded in 1753 and contains one
of the world's richest collections of antiquities. The Egyptian Galleries
contain human and animal mummies. Some parts of Athens' Parthenon are in the
Greek section. Madam Tussaud's Museum is an exhibition of hundreds of life-size
wax models of famous people of yesterday and today. The collection was started
by Madam Tussaud, a French modeller in wax, in the 18th century. Here you can
meet Marilyn Monroe, Elton John, Picasso, the Royal Family, the Beatles and
many others: writers, movie stars, singers, politicians, sportsmen, etc.