National Geographic : 1937 Jan
© National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by B.Anthony Stewart HEART OF AN EMPIRE-THE THAMES-SIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The Gothic edifice covers 8 acres and contains 11 courtyards, 100 staircases, 500 apartments, more than 700 monuments, and 2miles of corridors. Here are the sumptuous House of Lords and the comparatively plain House of Commons. Familiar Big Ben strikes thehours from theClock Tower. Since Guy Fawkes's plot to blow up the Houses in 1605, Beefeaters from the Tower of London search thebuilding ontheeveofParliament's opening to forestall any similar attempt!