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Westminster Abbey

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in London, United Kingdom.

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A world heritage site, Westminster Abbey is a collegiate church and 'royal peculiar', responsible to the monarch rather than a bishop. Built and added to over a number of centuries, largely between 1245-1517 and again with towers built by Nicholas Hawksmoor in the 18th century, this church may not be the most impressive in terms of architecture, but as the burial place for English kings (starting with Edward the Confessor) and other worthies, it has important historic significance.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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“Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church”

'Westminster Palace, rebuilt from the year 1840 on the site of important medieval remains, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. The site – which also comprises the small medieval Church of Saint Margaret, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, an… Read more...

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A must visit!

I have been to London many times but this was my first time inside the Abbey. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, but they wouldn't have done it justice anyway. The inside is magnificent and everywhere you walk you are crossing the grave of someone important from the past. We saw the newest grave, which is Stephen Hawking.

I recommend visiting the Cellarium Cafe for a nice afternoon tea. I did this as part of a tour and they put out a really nice spread of scones, desserts, finger sandwiches and, of course, tea. The perfect end to a long day of touring.

Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey

Our tour of Westminster Abbey started in the outside archways of the church. We were led to the outside square of the church where monks walk around daily. Our tour guide then took us inside to see the beautiful and ornate church. This once Catholic Church was stripped of most of it's gold, people were actually hired to chip the gold off of the statues inside and the interior/exterior of the wall itself.

Inside where the tombs of many famous monarchs and aristocrats alike. Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Bloody Mary, Queen Elizabeth and many others were among those who had tombs and were buried or once buried there.

While inside we were told of the history of the building's precincts as a school for less privileged school boys. There were also choir boys and many noteworthy students who studied at the school. The boys themselves had actually done much damage to the church. Much of their graffiti is still left on the walls. The coronation chair, where kings and queens are crowned, was being restored during our visit due to the boys etching their names in it.

Westminster Abbey is also the place of many royal weddings. The next royal wedding, Kate Middleton and Prince William, will take place at Westminster Abbey.

If you enjoy history and like learning about monarchs make sure to take a guided tour of Westminster Abbey.

As a self proclaimed idiot when it comes to Science, I surprised myself when I found tears popping up over Newtons grave, standing on top of the man who discovered the gravity holding me there in the first place. The shear depth of the history is almost unfathomable. (Fortunately, the tour guides help you make sense of it all!)

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