National Geographic : 1946 Aug
© National Geographic Society Lioaacnrome PyBi. Antnony atewart Westminster Palace Fronts 940 Feet of the Thames; 100 Staircases and Two Miles of HallsLink Four Floors and 1,100 Rooms Victoria Tower (left), central spire, and Clock Tower cap a structure replacing fire losses of 1834. When a homelessParliament considered moving from the Thames, the Duke of Wellington championed the river as a defense against mobs. Queen Victoria opened the new palace in1852. Invasion barges liepeacefully at anchor.