Wednesday, May 18, 2011

London's Dragons

London, the capital of England, is split into two parts. The City of London and the City of Westminster make up London as we know it. In order to tell where one starts and where the other begins there have some symbols in various areas showing where the boundaries are or merely that here you are in this part of the city. 
The dragon symbolises the City of London and the winged creature, bearing the red cross of St. George features in the City's coat of arms.

The dragons near Temple Station, next to the River Thames represent a constituent art of the armorial bearings of the City of London and have been erected to indicate the Western boundary of the city. The dragons, on either side of the road, were formerly mounted above the entrance of the City of London Coal Exchange which was demolished in 1963. 
The other famous dragon is located outside the Royal Courts of Justice in Fleet Street.

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