"Peculiar Abbey" Historical Tip by rickyvilla81

Historical, London: 219 reviews and 548 photos

Favorite thing: Westminster Abbey is no Abbey. It is no Cathedral. It is in fact a Royal Peculiar, for it is there that monarchs have been crowned since 1066, all of them bar a couple of Edwards (those Edwards!). It was in fact built by an Edward originally, King Edward the Confessor, but they do say that the ground was sanctified by St.Peter himself who was brought over the Thames in some story I have forgotten.
I tell you what, a lot of people are buried in here - monarchs, writers, architects, poets, actors, scientists, abbots, musicians; the last to be buried here was Sir Laurence Olivier. Many wordsmiths are honoured, if not all buried, at Poets Corner, including Chaucer, Dryden, and Shakespeare. Above the main entrance are statues of modern martyrs - including Martin Luther King.

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  • Written Mar 25, 2003
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