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Westminster Hall

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in London, United Kingdom.

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The oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, and the largest clearspan medieval roof in England. In 1393, under Richard II, the walls were given new windows and decorated with a heavy cornice, studded with heraldic beasts, all facing the king's throne. Presiding in wall niches over the royal dais are statues of Richard's kingly predecessors. An open timber "hammerbeam" roof was later erected, one of the acknowledged structural and artistic masterpieces of the Middle Ages. From the ground the whole roof seems to be supported on the backs of the huge, hovering figures of angels that are carved on each hammerbeam.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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