Steeped in ancient history this is London’s iconic attraction. Westminster Abbey has been in existence since the 10th century when Benedictine monks set up a tradition of daily prayers at the site. It is most famous as the Coronation Church for British monarchs since 1066. As well as being the venue for over 16 Royal wedding ceremonies.
History behind the Abbey
The present day abbey was established as a church during the reign of King Henry III way back in 1245. At its centre is a gorgeous medieval shrine of an Anglo Saxon saint Edward the Confessor; while the entire complex an ode to Gothic architecture is one of the most cherished buildings in the country.
Treasures of Westminster Abbey
Breath taking Westminster Abbey is resplendent in many ways; culture buffs are treated to unimaginable treasures such as ancient paintings, beautiful stained glass windows, medieval style pavements, intricate textiles and lots more artefacts that make this Gothic building the icon it is today.
Famous Persons Resting within the Abbey
Over 3,300 prominent figures are either buried or were commemorated within the walls of the Abbey. It is the last resting place of 17 British monarchs as well as famous poets, warriors, musicians, scientists and statesmen. That is why when all tombs and memorials are accounted for as a whole it is the largest monumental collection in all of Britain.
Church of the World
Deemed as neither a church nor cathedral the abbey is considered the church of the world holding within its folds devotees from many nations. As per the original plan, it is still a place of daily worship and humbleness despite its extravagant facades and interior.
Visiting the Abbey
Visitors can find accommodation at a London luxury hotel located in Central London. If you are located within close proximity to COMO Metropolitan London getting to the Abbey is a breeze. Awaiting you are sights of the Coronation Chair, Lady Chapel, famous tombs, tomb of the unknown warrior and famous Poets Corner.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+