Review of Buckingham Palace
By: Kaitlin Baki

I spent twelve days in England over the summer despite only needing to be there about four days maximum for my work. I wasn't sure if I'd ever get the chance to go back so I decided to make the most of my opportunity and take in as much of the sights and culture as possible .

I thought about everything I could possibly review, and a lot of my favorite places could definitely be considered "art" but were difficult to elaborate on in great detail. I'm extremely keen on ancient works of architecture, mostly because I live in a very boring, fairly modern city and everything looks the same. The one place I went to that actually had me at a loss for words was Buckingham Palace. It took my breath away. Not because there's nothing to say but because there's too much to say, and no matter what my words and any pictures you view of it can never do it justice until you see it with your own eyes.

The sheer size of it alone is impossible to capture in any photograph I tried to snap on my phone, no matter how far back I moved. It's my understanding that in floor space alone Buckingham Palace is 828, 820 square feet spread out over 5 floors with a grand total of 775 rooms.

construction of Buckingham Palace began in 1703 and even though it has been repaired upon and upgraded numerous times throughout the years there's an overwhelming sense of history that floods your senses when you lay eyes on it. This place houses the royal family, who you might know from the news because of all the coverage their weddings receive from the global mainstream media. For anyone visiting from a newer country it transforms your mind back in time to an era you can only ever read about in your textbooks, where Kings and Queens ruled the world.

The wealth of the monarch is unfathomable as Buckingham Palace is one of 15 properties owned by the royal family. It's estimated value is approximately 935 million pounds. So that's only 1 billion, 279 million, 154 thousand 800 US dollars.

Is it just me or does charging an entry fee into Buckingham Palace seem a tad bit unnecessary? This is just one of the numerous ways that the rich stay rich. They're essentially saying "Pay us money so you can come see how rich we are." The time I chose to visit Buckingham Palace it was not open to the public and I think I'm okay with that.

I'm going back next month and I'm tempted to check the schedule but I'm torn between my fascination of history and my principal cheapness. Whether I go back or not and whether I go inside or not does not change the fact that Buckingham Palace is still one of Great Britain's greatest attractions.