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The Palace of Westminster more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament is situated on the banks of the Thames in Westminster London. It is the home of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It began life as a royal residence in 1042 under Edward the Confessor. The current mock gothic building design was result of a national competition. The plan of the building was the work of Charles Barry, with the gothic details designed by Augustus Pugin. The building has approximately 1,000 rooms, 100 staircases, and 3 km of passageways. Picture taken 16th December 2006.

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28th Dec 2006 by Diane Earl

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Geography, History

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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London Westminster Thames parliament government

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