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Гайд парк, путеводитель для урока

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Гайд парк

History

In 1536 King Henry VIII confiscated Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey. It was used primarily for hunting. King Charles I opened the park to the public in 1637.
Hyde Park is one of several royal parks in London connected to each other.

The other parks are the neighboring Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St. James’s Park. Hyde park covers more than 360 acres (142 hectares) and hosts many large events, including celebrations and concerts. It is also a popular place for jogging, swimming, rowing, picnicking and even horse riding.

Speaker’s Corner

In the 19th century Hyde Park had become a popular place for meetings.Speaker’s Corner was established to create a venue where people would be allowed to speak freely. Here, every Sunday people stand on a soap box and proclaim their views on political, religious or other items
Marble Arch

At the north-east corner of Hyde Park is the Marble Arch. It was originally built in 1827 as a gateway to Buckingham Palace, but it was moved to its present location in 1851. The design by John Nash was based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome.

Wellington Arch

Another arch, the Wellington Arch, can be found on Hyde Park Corner, at the south-east corner of the park, connecting Hyde Park with Green Park. The arch was built in 1826 by Decimus Burton.

A statue of the Duke of Wellington was added later, in 1846. The statue was replaced by the Quadriga of War in 1912. Inside the arch are exhibitions and galleries open to visitors.

Словарь

  • a monk — монах
  • primarily — главным образом
  • neighbour — соседний
  • to host — проводить
  • to establish — устанавливать
  • a soup box — трибуна
  • marble — мрамор
  • an arch — арка
  • a duke — герцог

Вопросы к статье

  • When did King Henry VIII confiscate Hide Park?
  • When was it open to the public?
  • What parks are the neighboring it?
  • Name the main sights of Hide Park? What do you know about them?

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