The Westminster Abbey

The Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey or the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is the oldest religious building in London. It contains the remains of deceased members of the royal family, as well as some other famous Brits.

The famous Westminster Abbey was originally a Benedictine monastic church, until it was blessed in 1065 when it officially became an abbey. The building was renovated and enlarged several times during its existence – between 1285 and 1517 numerous gothic details were added to id, while two main towers were built in the 18th century. In 1539 the building stopped serving as a Benedictine monastic church, which transferred the church into the property of the then-King of England, Henry VIII. Conversely, during the reign of Henry VIII many churches and monasteries were devastated, because the King simply didn’t care for them. This phenomenon was quite common in England and Ireland.

In 1066, after the crowning of William the Conqueror in Westminster Abbey, the church acquired a new purpose and significance- all future kings of England were coronated within its bounds. In the 4th century, when King Edward I ordered the making of an oak throne decorated with “fate stone” (a red stone which was used in the coronations of Scottish kings for centuries), all of his future inheritors used this medieval throne.

It is interesting to note that Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday here, and the Westminster Abbey was also the setting of Princess Dianna’s funeral. The exterior of
the Abbey is truly impressive and represents one of the best examples of medieval London architecture. When visitors come to the Abbey, they will notice several interesting spots worth their attention and time:

  • The Lady Chapel: the most impressive chapel in the Abbey, it is decorated with incredible ceiling ornaments and choir chairs made during the Middle Ages.
  • King Edward’s Chair: the chair was made by the orders of King Edward I, whose name it carries to this day. It is still used for coronations of Kings and Queens. Each new ruler is coronated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Poets’ Corner: a lavishly decorated corner characteristic for the many poets and writers buried there.
  • Abbey Park: the oldest park in the United Kingdom, having existed for around 900 years. A truly impressive park.
Ticket price for Westminster Abbey:
Regular ticket price: £ 20
Reduced ticket price: £ 17 - for students and pensioners
Reduced ticket price: £ 9 - for children aged 6 to 16
Free entrance - for children up to 6 years.

An audio guide is included in the ticket price, and it will be good for you to discover all the details from the history of the abbey.
Westminster Abbey is definitely worth a visit. It reveals a lot about the history of Great Britain.

Working hours of Westminster Abbey
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 09:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday from 09:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays: from 09:30 a.m  to 1:00 p.m.

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