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Westminster Abbey *

Mostly gothic church with important people buried in it
Major, spectacular and cherished church with a convoluted past, Westminster Abbey was built in the 13th, 16th and 18th centuries, the latter works producing the two iconic west towers (by Hawksmoor) that are the stuff of postcards. Several King Henrys were around for either the construction or the ransacking (the Dissolution) of the abbey, which is high on gothic vaulting, flying buttreses, medieval carving and rose windows and is conveniently located just across the road from its landmark neighbour the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), and over the bridge from the London Eye. If you've not been invited here for a coronation, royal wedding or a monarch burial, all of which have given the abbey purpose on many an occasion, you might consider a visit for its splendid interior and its impressive collection of buried greats including Geoffrey Chaucer, George Frederick Handel, Charles Dickens and Dame Sybil Thorndike, plus commemorations for Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Jane Austen, the BrontŽ sisters, Oscar Wilde and Dame Peggy Ashcroft, among many others.

Tags: Architecture , Heritage Site

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20 Dean's Yard
London, England W7 3QB
Central

+44 20 7222 5152
http://www.westminster-abbey.org/home
Mon and Tue 9:30amó3:30pm; Wed 9:30amó6pm; Thu to Sat 9:30amó3:30pm



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    "Beautiful."

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    "It's a shame photography is banned inside these walls, though I doubt any photo could do justice to its magnificence."

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