Glimpses of London
Preview referat: Glimpses of London
Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin. The EDF Energy London Eye (commonly the London Eye, or Millennium Wheel) is a 135-metre tall giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. When erected in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.
The Science Museum is on Exhibition Road, South Kensington. The museum is a major London tourist attraction. It holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including famous items as Stephenson's Rocket, the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson's model of DNA, some of the earliest remaining steam engines, the first prototype of the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now, and documentation of the first typewriter. It also contains hundreds of interactive exhibits. A recent addition is the IMAX 3D Cinema showing science and nature documentaries, most of them in 3-D.
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose.
A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. « mai multe referate din Engleza