The Westminster Abbey in London is perhaps one of the most iconic landmarks and a must see on the list of everyone who visits for the first time.
Initially a modest monastery for Benedictine monks, under the guidance of King Edward the Confessor, was re-endowed and made into a magnificent stone structure in the name of St Peter the apostle. The church was consecrated in 1065 but unfortunately King Edward died just a week later and was burnt near the alter at the church.
It wasn’t until the 13th Century that under King Henry III, the church was re-done in the popular gothic style of the time, to what it is today. It was built not only as a place of worship but also as the location for coronations and for the burial of royal family.
Since the time of William the Conqueror, every monarch who has inherited the throne of England has been coroneted at the Westminster Abbey. In fact the Abbey has the distinction of being a Royal peculiarity, in that it does not belong to any parish or sect and is not under the Bishop but rather under the reigning monarch.
The Westminster Abbey, having had various buildings added to it over the years, is an important attraction not only because of its history, importance in royal ceremonies, but also because of the priceless art, exquisite stained glass, museum with many historic monuments and effigies of royal family members and other important persons buried in the Church.
Amongst the crowning works of art is the retable – or the altarpiece – which is one of England’s oldest, additionally the brasses, wall paintings, and the pavement in front of the alter are awe inspiring.
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