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Méridien de Greenwich. Covent Garden. Piccadilly Circus, London. The Circus lies at the intersection of five main roads: Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Street, Covent Street and Haymarket.

Piccadilly Circus, London

It was created by John Nash as part of the future King George IV's plan to connect Carlton House - where the Prince Regent resided - with Regent's Park. The creation of Shaftesbury Avenue in 1885 turned the plaza into a busy traffic junction. This made Piccadilly Circus attractive for advertisers, who installed London's first illuminated billboards here in 1895. For some time the plaza was surrounded by billboards, creating London's version of Times Square, but. Welcome to the British Museum. Explore. Featured theme One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able.


The Hajj virtual project presents highlights from the 2012 exhibition, ‘Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam’, and other fascinating objects for those who were unable to attend the exhibition, want to revisit some of its star objects, or want to learn more about Hajj. Explore Hajj. Polynesia. The islands of the eastern Pacific are known as Polynesia, from the Greek for ‘many islands’.


They lie across a vast stretch of ocean from Hawaii in the north, to New Zealand in the south and Easter Island in the east. The western Polynesian islands of Fiji and Tonga were settled approximately 3,000 years ago, whilst New Zealand was settled as recently as AD1200. In the past, Polynesians were skilled navigators and canoe builders, creating double-hulled vessels capable of travelling great distances. Their societies were hierarchical, with the highest ranking people tracing their descent directly from the gods. These gods were all powerful and present in the world.

Ancient Egypt. Towards the end of the fourth millennium BC several independent city-states were unified to form a single state, marking the beginning of over 3,000 years of pharaonic civilisation in the Nile Valley.

Ancient Egypt

Fertile earth left behind after the yearly Nile flood provided the basis for Egypt’s agricultural prosperity, a key factor in the longevity of the civilisation. Impressive monuments were erected in the name of kings, from monumental temples for the gods to the pyramids marking the burials of rulers. The British Museum collection includes statuary and decorated architecture from throughout pharaonic history, often inscribed with hieroglyphs.

Many other aspects of ancient Egyptian culture are represented: coffins and mummies of individuals, but also furniture, fine jewellery and other burial goods. These reflect the practice of lavish burials for the wealthy, which included the royal family, government officials and the priesthood. British Museum shop online. Aztecs (Mexica) During the twelfth century AD the Mexica were a small and obscure tribe searching for a new homeland.

Aztecs (Mexica)

Eventually they settled in the Valley of Mexico and founded their capital, Tenochtitlan, in 1345. At the beginning of the sixteenth century it was one of the largest cities in the world. Warfare was extremely important for the Mexica people and led them to conquer most of modern-day central and southern Mexico. They controlled their huge empire through military strength, a long-distance trading network and the tribute which conquered peoples had to pay.

Stone sculpture in the British Museum collection reflects the Mexica's complex religious beliefs and the large pantheon of gods they worshipped. The National Gallery, London: Western European painting 1250–1900. Dinosaurs. Meet a terrifying T.rex, unearth Baryonyx bones and inspect the Triceratops skeleton in our world-renowned Dinosaurs gallery.


Sort the facts from the myths about why dinosaurs died out and delve into our research and discoveries about these prehistoric giants. Beat the dino queue! Everybody loves the dinosaurs so plan ahead for your school holiday visit to the Museum and book free Dinosaurs gallery tickets in advance. Limited tickets are available for 5-27 April 2014. Floor Plans. Tate Modern. London Eye en français (French version) Green Zone. Central Hall The Museum's grand entrance hall includes the Diplodocus skeleton, a 1,300-year-old giant sequoia tree, Darwin's statue and the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish still living in the Indian Ocean.

Green Zone

Treasures This spectacular new gallery showcases the most exceptional objects and specimens from the Museum's collections. Fossil Marine Reptiles Learn what was going on in the oceans while the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Royal Museums Greenwich: sea, ships, time and the stars. Your Visit. Eating and drinking The award-winning benugo café sits at the heart of the Museum, so visitors can enjoy a bite to eat whilst soaking up the lively ambience.

Your Visit

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