5 London must-see historical sites an intern abroad cannot miss

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“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” -Anna Quindlen

It’s not hard for Londoners to remember where they came from. The modern and metropolitan city operates among century old buildings, testaments to the city’s fascinating history, which started all the way back in 43 AD. Since Roman rule, London has played an important role in global politics and development as well as Western culture. The best way to learn about the region’s complex history is through living and breathing where it all took place.

With the presence of so many historically significant buildings, paintings, artifacts and more, an intern abroad can truly understand the city’s importance through sightseeing. An internship in London through The Intern Group isn’t just the chance to earn real world work experience in a leading global city. It’s the opportunity to relive important historical moments and learn about the church leaders and royalty of centuries past who have shaped the United Kingdom and beyond.

1.    St. Paul’s Cathedral

A London icon, St. Paul’s Cathedral cannot be missed - and you just can’t miss it. Perched on Ludgate Hill, London’s highest point, the cathedral’s tall dome towers above surrounding buildings. The Anglican cathedral is the mother church of the London Diocese, which encompasses 484 churches today. The original St. Paul’s dates back to 604 AD when the original church was built and consecrated. The current structure was built in the late 17th century and is emblematic of the English Baroque style.

2. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

 Though the theatre standing today isn’t the original Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the historic Elizabethan playhouse originally built in 1599. The original theatre is where the company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, would play. William Shakespeare, considered the world’s most prolific playwright, wrote a considerable amount of the works performed by the troupe. Shakespearean plays have been translated in every major living language in the world.

“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” –Shakespeare (As You Like It)

3. Rosetta Stone (British Museum)

The British Museum is home to numerous historical treasures, the Rosetta Stone being perhaps the most influential. The stone contains the text of an Egyptian decree in hieroglyphics, written also in Ancient Greek and Demotic script. Though other multilingual texts including hieroglyphics have since been found, the Rosetta Stone was the very first text discovered in modern times and therefore played a significant role in deciphering hieroglyphics.

4. Queen’s House

Located in Greenwich, the Queen’s House is Britain’s first truly classical construction built in the 1600s. The expansive and stunning structure was commissioned by Inigo Jones, the first prominent English architect of the early modern period for Anne of Denmark, the wife of King James the VI and I. The house is supposedly an apology gift from the king to his wife.

5. Tower of London

This historic castle is also called Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. A World Heritage Site and massively popular among tourists, the Tower of London has played an important role in the city’s history. The tower was established back in 1066 by William the Conqueror. Among numerous other important historical events occurring at the tower, Anne Boleyn was also beheaded there. The Tower of London is home to the famed Crown Jewels.

As an intern in London you will have the opportunity to explore all of these world-renowned sights and more while boosting your career.

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