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Westminster Abbey

 

Westminster Abbey  

 

Westminster Abbey

Directly behind Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament is the majestic Westminster Abbey. The present Church is one of the most important Gothic buildings in Britain today and has a treasure house of paintings, textiles and artifacts. It has become one Britain's most significant honours to be buried or commemorated at the Abbey, and you will find the resting places of historical and influentional figures such as Isambard  Kingdon Brunel, Oliver Cromwell, Isaac Newton , and Charles Darwin .  Also on 6 September 1997 the funeral  of Diana, Princess of Wales  was held at the Abbey. Since 1066 The Abbey has been the coronation church and is the final resting place of seventeen Monarchs.  
 

Westminster Abbey

The Abbey also has held Royal marriages, the Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II ), elder daughter of King George VI was married  to The Duke of Edinburgh  (who was Lt Philip Mountbatten until that morning).  And of course more recently Prince William, Duke of Cambridge , grandson of Elizabeth II was married  to Miss Catherine Middleton.  There is an admission charge (Adults £16, 11-18yrs £6) to enter the Abbey, however the Cloisters, College Garden and St Margaret’s Church are free and are well worth a visit.  That said the entry fee is reasonable when you consider the splendor of the Abbey, with all its history, architecture, textiles, artifacts, paintings and magnificent stain glass windows. If you just want to see the Abbey from the outside then why not try one of the London Tours featured by WhichHolidy.TV.

 

Five Abbey Facts.  

  1. The Present Church was commissioned by Henry III in 1245.  
  2. A cluster of incendiaries (fire bombs) fell on the roof during an air raid on the 10/11 May 1941, 40ft flames could be seen coming up from the Abbey, which were put out quickly by firewatchers and volunteers.  
  3. In the South Transept of Westminster Abbey is Poets’ Corner and is the resting place of some of the most famous writers including Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens. 
  4. Each of the four Cloisters is approximately 100ft long.  
  5. The bells at the Abbey were overhauled and cast in 1971 by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. 

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