Путешествие по Лондону Гимнастика для глаз Big Ben is an integral part of the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben is the name given to the clock on one of the towers of the Houses of Parliament. The clock with its bell is named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the chief Commissioner of Works when the Houses of Parliament were rebuilt in 1850. Sir Benjamin Hall was a very tall and stout man. His nickname was “Big Ben”. Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Royal family. It is very interesting to watch the ceremony that is called Changing of the Guard. The ceremony takes place in front of Buckingham Palace every day at 11.30 a.m. and lasts 30 minutes. The Queen’s Guards wear traditional uniforms and tall black fur caps called busbies. When the Queen is at the residence the flag is flying on the top of the Buckingham Palace. Westminster Abbey is a national shrine where the kings and queens are crowned. The Abbey is an ancient building. In this great church there are tombs and memorials of many eminent citizens. Some of the graves are decorated with precious stones. Newton and Darwin are buried in it. It is famous for the Poet’s Corner where many outstanding English writers are buried (Chaucer, Dickens, Hardy, Kipling). The tower of London is a place of cultural and historical interest. It was a fortress, a palace, a prison and a royal treasury. Now it is a museum. The Tower is guarded by the Yeomen – Warders who are called “Beefeaters”. They are dressed in traditional medieval clothes of Tudor times. Now they are also tourist guides. What is it?