Westminster Abbey 4.4 rating

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Westminster Abbey is the traditional coronation, wedding and burial church of Royalty, with a thousand year old history dating back to 10th century Benedictine monks. It is also the burial site of Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Lord Tennyson and seventeen monarchs among 3000 other people with significant contribution to British society. The present church, started by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Early English Gothic buildings in Britain, and retains the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint at its heart. It is not a cathedral, and is administered by the monarch. The Westminster Abbey is not only historically significant, but also houses a splendid collection of art ranging from paintings and stained glass to textiles and other artifacts. The wall paintings in the south transept from the late 13th century - the 6-foot figure of St Faith in her chapel and the figures of Christ with St Thomas and St Christopher in the chapel of St Blaise. The octagonal Chapter House, built in a Geometrical Gothic style above an octagonal has some significant paintings from the Middle Ages. The series of 14th century paintings of the Last Judgement (on the east wall) and the Apocalypse here are comprehensive. The Library and Muniment Room houses the collection of archives on the Abbey's long and varied history. The Westminster Abbey has a ring of 10 bells, which are rung on major church festivals, Royal anniversaries, special events and services, and the full peal of 5000 sequences is played out on major occasions. You can attend the church service and enjoy some of the finest choral music in London from the choir. Evensong at 4PM or 5PM, depending on the season, is good to attend. The Westminster Abbey is located in the heart of London, near the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. To reach the Abbey, you can walk from the Westminster or St James Park tube stations.

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About Westminster Abbey

 20 Deans Yd, London, United Kingdom

 Nearest Transit: Westminster (Lines: Circle, District, Jubilee)

 +44 20 7654 49

 http://www.westminster-abbey.org

Westminster Abbey and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Big Ben

Big Ben(0.3 km)
The 13-ton 4-faced iconic bell, named after Benjamin Hall who was commissioner of works when the tower was completed in 1858, has gilded periphals surrounding the dials which are 7 metre in diameter.

British Museum

British Museum(2.2 km)
The British Museum is, undoubtedly, one of the best museums in the world and a definite highlight of any trip to London.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace(1 km)
The Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and workplace of the Queen of the United Kingdom.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square(1 km)
Trafalgar Square is the main, central square and the site of London's New Year celebrations.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain(0.9 km)
The Tate Britain museum is oldest art gallery of the Tate network and houses the Tate collection of British art from 1500 AD through to contemporary art.

London Eye

London Eye(0.8 km)
The London Eye is relatively new to the neighbourhood, but has become an integral part of the London skyline and is a major tourist attraction on the Thames banks.

OXO Tower

OXO Tower(1.7 km)
The OXO Tower is frequented by people visiting the restaurant, brasserie and bar on the top floor, which offer a great view over the Thames.

National Theatre

National Theatre(1.3 km)
The Royal National Theatre has three large auditoriums - the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe.

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