London Area Tour Guide: Your Personal Tour Guide for the London 2012 Olympics & Beyond London Area Travel Adventure!

London Area Tour Guide: Your Personal Tour Guide for the London 2012 Olympics & Beyond London Area Travel Adventure!

by Waypoint Tours


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ISBN-13: 9781468197686
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

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Westminster Abbey & Gardens

One of the finest examples of medieval architecture in the world, Westminster Abbey has been the site of coronations for all English monarchs since William the Conqueror in 1066 and is thus known as England's Coronation Church. Westminster Abbey, formally known as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, is a Royal Peculiar. This means it is a free chapel of the Sovereign, exempt from any ecclesiastical jurisdiction other than that of the Sovereign. And many a sovereign has been made here, 38 kings and queens to be exact, including the first, William the Conqueror, and the most recent, Queen Elizabeth II (in 1953). In fact, Queen Elizabeth II was also married here in 1947 to His Royal Highness Prince Phillip. Theirs was one of 14 royal marriages to occur at Westminster, with the most recent being the wedding of her grandson, Prince William, to Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. Declared a national holiday, and eagerly watched around the world, it was a momentous and beautiful occasion held in a most befitting location.

More than just royalty is commemorated at Westminster. As you walk through the Abbey, you will no doubt recognize many of the names adorning the numerous tombs and placards paying homage to famous Britons. Edward the Confessor originally built this Norman-style church as a Benedictine Monastery. In 1245, Henry III tore everything down, except the nave, and rebuilt it in the Gothic style you see today. The nave received its own makeover beginning in 1376 and continuing through the Tudor reign. The last additions to the Abbey were the western towers in 1745. Today, you will see the typical cross-shaped layout of an Anglican church. Everywhere you go, transept to Quire, nave to cloister, shrine of St. Edward to the ten twentieth-century martyrs, including Maximilian Kolbe and Martin Luther King Jr. above the western door, history, heroes, religion, and royalty permeate the Abbey.

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