Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Westminster Abbey, neighbor to the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames

Westminster Abbey by Chester òÒÓó
Westminster Abbey, a photo by Chester òÒÓó on Flickr.

Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history, says

Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.

The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs.

The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart.

Paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artifacts are to be seen; Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation's history are buried or commemorated. The tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom.