My Pictures of London

Museums and other things.

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Walking along the river, just an example of some of the London architecture.
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View of the Thames, with Big Ben in the background.
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The London "Eye", a gigantic ferris-wheel 135 meters high (440 feet), doing a full rotation every 30 minutes.
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The Clock Tower of Parliment, most don't realize that Big Ben is not the name of the clock (there are 4 clocks) - its the name of the largest bell in the chime, which weighs almost 14 tons and named after Sir Benjamin Hall.
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The Houses of Paliment, the current Gothic Revival buildings date from 1840.
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The Cabinet War Rooms, where an undergound bunker was built in the storage basement under this unsuspecting civil service building.
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Hereis the Cabinet Room from which Winston Churchill and his government ran the nation during World War II bombing raids.
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The Transatlantic Telephone Room was no more than a closet, which was linked to a special scrambler so Churchill could confer with Roosevelt. The door to the room was disguised as a locked lavatory.
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Many of the rooms in this bombproof bunker are exactly as they were in Septermber 1945.
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There were 21 rooms in all. Even the secretaries and staff had to work (and often live) in these cramped conditions.
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The Map Room is covered with huge wall maps.
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Notice the bank of multicolored telephones in this communications room. Only the green phones were "secure" lines.
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Churchill's bedroom/office. He had this custom stand made so that he could work from his bed.
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The National Gallery with an incredible (large) collection of Westen (European) art from the 13th to 20th century.
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Caravaggio, the Supper at Emmaus.
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A nice stain-glass window of the crucifixion.
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These were a series of tapestries on the life of Peter. Here the call of Peter after the miraculous catch of fish.
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Peter healing the cripled man.
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Sampson, who slayed thousands of men with what? The jaw bone of an ass.
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