Westminster is considered the hub of London and is currently famous landmarks like the Big Ben along with Parliament. Big Ben, it is the name given to the bell house inside the world-famous clock tower which chimes hourly every day.

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Westminster Abbey is a prominent structure in British history and a must-see. This beautiful church is considered UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many tourists. Complete with stained glass windows, paintings, and other religious artifacts, Westminster Abbey owns the most essential group of sculpture anywhere in Britain.

This tourist attraction is constantly busy and time there moves at a fairly rapid pace. I suggest making a bit of research beforehand to avoid getting late and missing your tour. Are you a bibliophile, then you’re lucky because there’s a trip to the renowned Poets’ Corner.

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If you already found the Abbey but still need a little guidance with some problems you’re encountering, take advantage of these guides that are free online. Alternatively, you can have an hour and a half Verger-led guided tour and watch the Shrine comprising the Saint Edward’s tomb, he is also referred to as the Confessor, visit also the Cloisters, the Royal Tombs, the Nave, and of course the Poets’ Corner. If you decide to take this excursion, there is an extra five pounds (around $7.30) charge added to your original admission price.

Even though travelers agree that Westminster Abbey is a must-see attraction, some lament the high admission price and audiences. Keep in mind, photographs are not allowed (to many travelers’ chagrin). Westminster Abbey is usually open to visitors Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm, however, you need to check the abbey’s calendar for closing times until your plan fits in with the scheduled tour. Admission for adults costs 22 pounds (roughly $28.75), whereas children between the ages of 6 and 16 cover 9 pounds (roughly $11.80).

Benedictine monks first came in the center of the century to this site, launching a tradition of worship every day that lasts unto this day.

Coronations And Burials

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Since William the Conqueror, each British royalties were actually crowned here. Furthermore, the Abbey has a longstanding tradition for weddings, starting with Henry I’s marriage to Matilda from Scotland in 1100. The abbey has been the place for the marriage of the reigning monarch Prince William to actress Catherine Middleton in 2011.

It is nearest to the shrine of Edward, called the Confessor where the remains of kings and queen are buried in the chapel of Henry VII. George II who died in 1760, was the last one buried in the abbey because others were placed in the Windsor Castle. The abbey is packed with memorials like that of David Livingstone, world-famous Sir Isaac Newton as well as Ernest Rutherford. The Poets’ Corner which is part of south transept comprises the tombs of famous poets like Ben Jonson (who had been buried vertically), Geoffrey Chaucer, John Dryden, my favorite Robert Browning, and several others. The tomb of the “Unknown Warrior,” in 1920, is found in the north transept, he is believed to be from Flanders, Belgium. It is located in the middle of the west exit.

Check out the Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London painting which is oil on canvas. 77.5 cm. X 67 cm.
Death mask of King Henry VII of England; at Westminster Abbey.
J.R. Freeman & Co. Ltd./Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc..

Speech: 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA
Opened: 1090
Height: 69 m
Architectural style: Gothic architecture
Phone: +44 20 7222 5152
Site: http://www.westminster-abbey.org

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