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Westminster Abbey

Top Tourist Spot in London

The gothic church, Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, popularly called as Westminster Abbey is sited to the west of Westminster Palace. It is one of London’s most important churches and depicts London’s architecture. Art and architecture of the Abbey add more glory to Londoners as every single work reveals the history of London. It is the traditional place of coronation, marriage and burial of British Monarchs.

Over 1000 Years of Royal History

With over thousand years of history, the Abbey is a treasure house of painting, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artifacts. The Abbey is a collection of monumental sculpture in the United Kingdom. The Library holds all archives, printed books and manuscripts of the Dean and provides a valuable history for visitors to read. The current site was developed with the works of the Royals to bring in more gothic style and add more sculptures by raising the church. The chapels, choirs, decorations and much more were done by different people who took the throne.

The history of the Abbey has something special in every century. In 10th century, the bishop of London, Dunstan brought 12 monks to Westminster. In 11th century, the confessor Edward dedicated his church for St Peter. Edward was made a saint in the 12th century. The present church building was started in the 13th century by Henry III. The coronation chair was constructed in the 14th century and coronations since 1308 took place here. The famous poet Geoffrey Chaucer was buried in the Abbey’s south transept and this portion was named poets’ corner in 15th century. The 16th century had many special events like construction of the Lady Chapel, Henry VIII’s dissolution, the Abbey established as a Collegiate church and many more. St Margarets became the parish church of the House of Commons in 17th century. The west towers of the Abbey were completed in 18th century. In 19th century, Coronation of Queen Victoria took place and Queen Elizabeth was enthroned in 20th century. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth took place in 21st century.

Westminster Abbey is a wonderful place to visit and attracts many visitors. London tourists visit the abbey and capture the eye-catching art and architecture.

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