Take a tour on interesting The Houses of Parliament which is also known as the Palace of Westminster. It has been a site of government for more than 900 years. The oldest surviving part of the building, Westminster Hall, was built in 1097 on the site of a Saxon palace. The first parliaments took place in the 13th century and the current building was built after an accidental fire in 1834. On the exterior of the Victorian building are statues of Saxon kings reminding us of the palace’s ancient roots.
The Houses of Parliament are split into two; the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the former housing the elected members of parliament and the latter consisting of peers of the realm. After a fire in 1834 the building needed some repairs and the present building, designed by Sir Charles Barry, was completed in 1860. The foundations of Westminster Hall at the rear of the House of Commons date back to the 11th century and it was here that the trials of Guy Fawkes, Charles I and Sir Thomas More took place.