"Westminster Abbey" Westminster Abbey Tip by MDH

Westminster Abbey, London: 267 reviews and 467 photos

  Westminster Abbey is simply amazing
by MDH

Located just behind the Parliament buildings, Westminster Abbey is, alongside Cantebury, one of Britain's most historic religios palaces, deemed not a cathedral or a church, but rather as a "Royal Peculiar," meaning it is under the direct control of the British monarch, who is also the head of the Church of England. Every coronation since William the Conqueror's in 1066 has taken place here, and today is one of Britain's most famous graveyards. Much of the present cathedral dates back to the 1500s.

Looking at its many cloisters, flying buttresses, vaulted roofs, chapel rooms and stained glass is simply stunning and magical. Just to think of all the history that's happened here blows the mind away.

And some of people who made that history are buried here, making this place (no pun intended) a very dead church, with 3,000 in all. Among those who are buried within Westminter are Sir Isaac Newton, the Unknown Warrior from WWI, Elizabeth I, Henry III, Oliver Cromwell, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Darwin, George Frederic Handel, Sir Laurence Olivier, Ben Jonson....

Address: On Victoria and St. Margaret streets.
Directions: Located directly behind Parliament, at the intersection of Victoria St. and Parliament Square.
Phone: 171-222-5152
Website: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/

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  • Updated May 8, 2003
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