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2003

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The National Gallery

The National Gallery is a magnificent Georgian edifice on the northern side of Trafalgar Square that houses a massive collection of Western European art. Started in 1838, you can find the works of master Leonardo Da Vinci in the Sainsbury wing of the gallery, alongside Botticelli and Bellini. The west wing contains works by Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael, the north wing contains works by Rubens, Rembrandt and Caravaggio, and the east wing contains works by Seurat, Canaletto, Degas and Monet. A portable audio guide is available in six different languages.

London, United Kingdom
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Hungerford Bridge

The Hungerford Bridge lies between the Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge and presents a fantastic alternative to W. Hungerford was officially opened in 1845 as a footbridge and was later bought by the South Eastern Railway for expanding the railway into the Charing Cross Railway Station. In 2002 new footbridges were completed and were named the Golden Jubilee Bridges in honor of the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession. This bridge is widely used and highly regarded because after all; everyone needs an alternative to W.

London, United Kingdom
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Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)

Referring both to the famous tower that forms the north end of the Palace of Westminster, as well as the iconic clock built into its face, the Big Ben is deemed as one of the most prolific timekeeping devices of the 19th Century. This hugely exalted monument was constructed when the old Palace of Westminster was ravaged by a fire in 1834, sparking the need for a newer structure. It was then that English architect Augustus Pugin's spectacular design for the tower found fruition, an imposing Gothic Revival structure that would go on to become one of the most striking icons of the British empire. Towering over 315 feet (96 meters), the Big Ben is a brilliant blend of sand-colored Anston limestone that dominates its lower half, and a cast iron spire that pierces the city's ashen skies. Its impressive timekeeping mechanism weighs in at over 5 tons, and the pendulum, which beats once every two seconds, weighs 203 kilograms (447.53 pounds). While this imposing structure can be admired from a distance by overseas visitors, only residents are privy to the internal depths of the tower.

London, United Kingdom
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London Eye

Known as both the London Eye and the Millennium Wheel, this huge 137-meter (450-foot) Ferris wheel on the South Bank gives a fabulous bird's eye view of London. The spectacular views from the top stretch as far as 40 kilometers (25 miles) in every direction on a clear day to include views of Windsor. Its inception at the turn of the 21st Century conferred upon it the title of 'the Millennium Wheel', symbolic of the progress made thus far and the promise of a glorious future. The London Eye has since come to be an icon of the city skyline, renown as the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel and one of the city's highest observation points. Each of the glass-encased pods of the London Eye can transport up to 25 passengers around its 120-meter(394-foot) diameter at a leisurely pace, a circuit that takes close to 30 minutes to complete. For the duration of the ride, the city and its many attractions lie sprawled all around for a glimpse of London's girth in a single sweep.

London, United Kingdom
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Zeughausgasse

Going as far back as 1255, the Zeughausgasse is one of the many historic streets in the Old City of Bern and defines the medieval nature of the entire region. It extends from Kornhausplatz in the east to Waisenhausplatz in the west and the entire street is lined with magnificent and archaeologically significant buildings and relics. Various historic events have taken place across this street and over the years rigorous maintenance efforts have ensured that it retains it glorious heritage.

Bern, Switzerland
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