It’s the middle of summer so it might be a good idea to learn a couple of interesting facts about some famous landmarks. Who knows, maybe one of those is your next holiday destination!



  • Do you know any cool facts about places you’ve visited?




Think about it

  1. What does Mona Lisa have that no other work of art has?
  2. What does the number 36 refer to?
  3. Why does John mention 35 moose?
  4. Who sold the Eiffel Tower and how?
  5. What’s so special about the design of the Taj Mahal?
  6. Why does the London Eye have 32 capsules?
  7. What have you learnt about the Stonehenge?
  8. What is an eternal flame where can you find one?
  9. Are people able to walk across Tower Bridge when it’s open?
  10. Has the Leaning Tower of Pisa always looked the same?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the verbs in brackets used in correct forms and tenses.

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London ________ (build) between 1886 and 1894. The bridge ________ (cross) the River Thames close to the Tower of London and ________ (become) an iconic symbol of London, resulting in it sometimes ________ (confuse) with London Bridge, ________ (situate) some 0.5 mi (0.80 km) upstream. Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges now ________ (own) and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust ________ (oversee) by the City of London Corporation. It ________ (be) the only one of the Trust’s bridges not to connect the City of London directly to the Southwark bank, as its northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets.


Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

The bridge consists ________ two bridge towers tied together ________ the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed ________ withstand the horizontal tension forces exerted by the suspended sections _______ the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed ________ the base of each tower. Before its restoration in the 2010s, the bridge’s colour scheme dated from 1977, ________ it was painted red, white and blue for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee. ________ colours were subsequently restored to blue and white.


Fill in the blank spaces with the correct forms of the words in CAPITAL LETTERS.

The bridge deck is ________ FREE ________ ACCESS to both vehicles and pedestrians, whereas the bridge’s twin towers, high-level walkways and Victorian engine rooms form part of the Tower Bridge ________ EXHIBIT, for which an ________ ADMIT charge is made. The ________ NEAR London Underground tube stations are Tower Hill on the Circle and District lines, London Bridge on the Jubilee and Northern lines and Bermondsey on the Jubilee line, and the nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Tower Gateway. The nearest National Rail stations are at Fenchurch Street and London Bridge.

from Wikipedia (click for answers)


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