London is the largest city in both England and the United Kingdom. On top of that, it is also the largest among Western Europe and in the European Union. No wonder London is the most populous city in the UK. The great city in the southeast of the island of Great Britain was found by Romans who named it Londinium. Furthermore, the vibrant and multicultural London is a boomtown of people, ideas, and their feverish energy, which makes it the dream destination for all travelers.
London is such a big city and inexhaustible that you can tour it for months and barely get to know this bustling global center. Unsurprisingly, London remains as an international capital of culture, education, finance, fashion, politics, music, and trade. According to the English writer, Samuel John, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Yet to get to know the history of London, all you have to do is span through the National Gallery and have a walk through the London Old City.
Visiting the London National Gallery
The National Gallery of London houses famous artworks and masterpieces of great artists. Besides the National Gallery was once the Trafalgar square (Public Square in the city of Westminster) and the building has been extended over the years to create the inspiring new gallery spaces. Today, the National Gallery contains over 2300 artworks. If you were visiting the place, make sure to check out the below 3 amazing artworks.
Venus and Mars – This famous painting of Sandro Botticelli depicts that “love conquers war”. In the painting, you can see Mars, who is the god of wars, in deep sleep and unarmed, whereas Venus, the goddess of love is awake and alert. You can also see wasps at the top right corner that may be depicting the symbol of love stings and it is also shown that the cupids are playing with the spear and armor.
Sun Flowers – This is a famous oil painting by Vincent Van Gogh where you can see a bunch of 14 beautiful sunflowers and it gives a singular effect. In the painting, there are some dying sunflowers that are painted with thick brush strokes and depict the end of each day or morning. Van Gogh produces various replicas of this painting later and was much debated among scholars.
The Supper at Emmaus – This beautiful piece of art belongs to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. In the painting, you can see two disciples of Jesus who are in the Emmaus after the crucifixion of Jesus. The moment in the painting shows Jesus, who was in disguise, revealing his identity and blessing the bread. The innovative treatment with the depiction of Christ and the intensity of emotions of the disciples makes the painting much compelling.
The London Old City Tour
The historical monuments as well as the facts about London old city are quite enlightening and entertaining at the same time. Moreover, you will be open-mouthed by the sight of the wall build in 220 AD and it was used to secure the Roman Empire then. There are many other beautiful attractions in the old city including the iconic Tower Gate, the Great Fire of London, and the Guild Hall, etc. Below are the top 3 historical monuments in the city of London.
St. Paul’s Cathedral – St. Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline. The main attraction of the cathedral is its vast dome and is known across the world. You will be awestruck with the innovative and beautiful interiors of the cathedral and learn fascinating stories about its history and the rich work over here. The cathedral is set to 5 levels and if you reach the fifth level, you will be marveled at the incomparable view of London.
Tower of London – Tower of London is the royal castle located on the north bank of river Thames. It is the official Royal Palace of Her Majesty. The first foundation of the Tower was laid in 1078 and the castle has been constantly expanded since then. This was a palace, a fortress, and a prison, until several small buildings, walkways, and towers were added to this castle, gradually making it a museum today.
The Fleet Street – This street was named after the river fleet that flows at one end of the street. The fleet was established almost 2000 years ago as a part of the Roman road that led from the west side of the Londinium. The street runs west from Ludgate circus and is still packed with a remarkable number of courts or alleyways. On top of that, the Fleet Street is crammed with more pubs than in any other streets of the city.