Spine-Tingling Photos Of London As It Remembers World War I

All around Britain, to mark the centenary of the first World War, people have been switching all their lights off except one. The idea is to leave a single light burning as a symbol of hope amid darkness.

A single beam of light pierces the sky above the houses of parliament.

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It’s a sound and light installation called Spectra by Ryoji Ikeda. It is installed at Victoria Tower Gardens and will be visible every night until 11 August.

It can be seen for miles around.

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Here’s what the installation looks like from ground level.

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A candle is placed on the doorstep of 10 Downing St.

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Just one light can be seen in the window of Buckingham Palace.

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Nelson’s Column.

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Parliament and the London Eye in almost total darkness.

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The houses of parliament before and after the lights being switched off.

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Westminster Abbey illuminated by the centenary light during a candle-lit prayer vigil.

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The mistake was swiftly corrected.

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But overall the effect was simply majestic.

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