Scape rooms at Buckingham Palace

Escape rooms at Buckingham Palace

The art gallery of Buckingham Palace transformed four rooms into Escape rooms with Puzzles and riddles related to Leonardo da Vinci; as a reason for the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist.

The activity called Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! You can enjoy until October 12, every Friday and Saturday at 18:15, 18:45, 19:15 and 19:45.

Scape rooms at Buckingham Palace
Scape rooms at Buckingham Palace

In the challenge, teams of between four and eight people can participate, who must work together to solve a mystery or a riddle. These activities can only involve travelers over 14 years and the price is 150 pounds sterling for each team.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official page of the Buckingham Palace art gallery. The Queen’s Gallery will be transformed into four rooms of thematic puzzles and riddles as you solve the mystery of the missing curator.

 

The escape rooms match with the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition: A Live in Drawing, which is exhibited in the Buckingham Palace Gallery, and shows 200 of the artist’s best drawings, from the Royal Collection itself.

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Tower Bridge in London. Anniversary of its opening

Tower Bridge: 125th Anniversary of its opening

The Tower Bridge in London, England, celebrates the 125th anniversary of its opening. The design was chosen among more than 50 alternative projects, some very extravagant.

tower bridge - Original Design - 125th
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

 

Known throughout the world for its two Gothic towers under which the bridge opens to let the ships pass. This monument is one of the obligatory points to visit in London, the British capital.

The current design was one of the 50 that tried to give a solution to the need for a new fluvial crossing. He had to allow the crossing between the banks and passage to the ships. At that time the port of London was the largest concentration of ships in the world.

 

50 designs for the Tower Bridge

 The head of the Tower Bridge, Chris Earlie, explains that there were very extravagant and very creative ideas. Here are some examples

tower bridge - Original Design - Sir Joseph Bazalgette
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

 

The civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette proposed this traditional design, based on the towers of London. The bridge was very high with long accesses. But it turns out that it was discovered that the horses that pulled the cars would be exhausted before reaching the top of the bridge. There were other designs with eccluds, rotating and even with tunnels.

tower bridge - London 125th opening - Original Design - Sir Joseph Bazalgette
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

Finally he won the project presented by the engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry and the architect Sir Horace Jones. A bridge that opens in the center, with huge chambers at the feet of the two towers to accommodate the counterweights that swing downward as the two parts of the walkway rise up.

tower bridge - London 125th opening - Original Design
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

The 125th anniversary was June 30 of this year 2019. Some of the alternative designs are exhibited in the exhibition halls. There were also actors who recreated the workers, engineers and inhabitants of the Victorian era.

 

tower bridge - London 125th opening - Original Design
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

The construction of the Tower Bridge

It worked for eight years to build the Tower Bridge, which was inaugurated on June 30, 1894 by the Prince of Wales Albert Edward of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Future Edward VII). The same day of its inauguration, the prestigious specialized magazine The Builder described it as monstrous and grotesque. Its construction cost about 1.6 million pounds, which is equivalent to approximately 250 million dollars today

tower bridge - London 125th opening
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

 

In the first year, the bridge operated by a steam engine was opened more than 6,000 times. Now it works with power generators and grid electricity and opens about 850 times a year. Most of the bridge openings are due to the passage of tourist boats, which must be notified 24 hours in advance. River traffic has priority over cars and pedestrians.

The old steam engine can be accessed by accessing one of the towers and is a steel and iron structure that combines three different types of bridges: suspension, beam and swing.

Visitors to the Tower

tower bridge - London 125th opening

Some 870,000 people visited the interior of the monument in 2018. The money raised goes to a charity of the City of London and adds more than 6 million pounds a year. There is a replica of London Tower bridge in the Chinese city of Suzhou and a future copy is prepared in the Philippines.

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If Ireland is part of your next trip to Europe, you can not miss any of these places.

Skellig Islands

beautiful and unknown Ireland landscapes

Located in the Atlantic, 13 kilometers southwest of Valentia Island, in the County of Kerry, Skellig Michael was chosen by J.J Abrams (Director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens) for the course of the new story. Well-known within the archaeological world, on the edge of some amazing cliffs that the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw described as “part of our world of dreams”, stands one of the best preserved Christian archaeological sites in the world, which were named as Patrimony World of Humanity by Unesco, in 1996.

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Medieval Treadwheel Crane – Beverley Minster

Ancient Crane in Beverley Minster – England

The cranes of wheel ( or Treadwheel Cranes) were used by architects and engineers from the times of the Romans. Probably some stopped being used only at the beginning of the 20th century. This is a detail of those that still exist. 

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Beverley-Minster Medieval TreadWheel Crane

Some are original and have a thousand years of antiquity. A few others were rebuilt. All are worth knowing and if possible visit them.

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The Minster

Beverley Minster is an English parish church located in Beverley – East Yorkshire. It is undoubtedly one of the largest parish churches in England, being larger than some English cathedrals. It is considered a masterpiece of Gothic art. Also called Minster because in ancient times it was the church of a monastery.

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Beverley-Minster Medieval TreadWheel Crane

Construction work began in 1225 and probably lasted almost 200 years. The twin towers of the western façade inspired the design of the present Westminster Abbey – London.

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The building was able to survive after the dissolution of the monasteries, between 1536 and 1540, decreed by King Henry VIII of England. The current building retains almost everything except the chapter house.

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Beverley-Minster Medieval Treadwheel Crane

To conclude, we will say that the wheel crane is placed on the vault of the central tower, and was driven by two people. The visit to the tower where the medieval wheel crane is done is through guided tours on Saturdays at 11am.

Beverley-Minster Medieval Treadwheel Crane
Beverley-Minster Medieval Treadwheel Crane

There are other Treadwheel cranes in Europe. One of them is in the Cathedral of  Strasbourg – France,  Here I could see the note.

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Treadwheel Crane of  Mechelen Cathedral – Belgium