Take a look inside Westminster Abbey – a royal coronation venue, a religious site and a cemetery. This is the most viral religious structure in United Kingdom. Royals were crowned, wed and buried here, including poets, scientists, and rulers The Westminster Abbey was initially titled “Collegiate Church of Saint Peter”.
Westminster Abbey was a founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia. But in 1539, it was dissolved. It was then given the symbol of a cathedral between 1540 and 1556. Later, in 1560, the structure has now changed from cathedral, rather it holds the symbol of a Church of England called royal peculiar. Which now became a church responsible to the sovereign in a direct form.
The Westminster Abbey hold a lot of important information that makes it a center of attraction for most people around the world. Some of this information includes:
Weddings of Famous People: Indeed, lots of royal wedding have taken place here in Westminster Abbey. By records, a total of seventeen royal weddings tied the knot here. The most recent was on 29th April 2011, which was the official wedding date of Prince William of Wales (now Duke of Cambridge, who is the first son of the beloved Princess Diana).
As a Burial Site: Here in Westminster Abbey, a lot of famous people have been buried. Record states that over 3,300 globally known individuals have been laid to rest here. The ground hold as old as seventeen British monarch, including great people like: King Henry V, the entire Tudors except Henry VII. The land of royal peculiar, famously known as Westminster Abbey has accommodated the dead bodies of great people like Isaac Newton, Edward known as “The Confessor”, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens and more.
The architecture of Westminster Abbey: Coming into the building, you will notice that the architectural design is beyond spectacular. Also, one of the most graded areas is that of Henry VII Chapel, also known as Lady Chapel. What attracts people about this chapel is the pendant fan vault ceiling. Which is extremely beautiful.
Some other facts about Westminster abbey that are known to only few people include:
• For visitors, the best time to visit Westminster Abbey is during the week, precisely early in the morning, before the crowd descends.
• Regular worship still goes on here every Sunday. In fact, five sermons are delivered here every Sunday.
• Most of the preachers in Westminster Abbey often preach about theological issues, religion and world events, and biblical text interpretation.
• Order of Bath. Which is believed to be a form of purification of an older custom.
Some of the key things one can see inside Westminster Abbey includes:
• Interior view of Henry VII chapel.
• Wall of sons of Edward II wearing Heraldic Gipons.
• The poet corner.
* Britain’s Oldest Door.
• Coronation chair and the stone of scone, which was made by the order of King Edward to enclose the famous stone, which he carried from Scotland to abbey in 1926.
What is or are the things not to miss upon a visit to Westminster abbey?
One articulate experience most visitors enjoys most, is the choir of the Westminster abbey. This is tagged as a lively experience.
In conclusion, it is important that whenever you come to Westminster Abbey for a visit, we recommend you to take a tour with a standard, verified knowledge of tourist guide, there are really lots to be taken here, of which I know you don’t want to miss any hidden gems.
Nearby Attraction from Westminster: London’s Big Ben
Saving Tips in London
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