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#4 of 1229 Places To Visit in London
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Broad Sanctuary,London
44 -20- 7222 5152
All days of the week except Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Westminster Abbey is in the heart of London - next to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Two major railway stations, two London Underground stations and regular red London buses will take you close to the Abbey doors. Nearest Underground St James's Park (District and Circle Lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines).

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Ecclesiastical in its very essence and not just in architecture, Westminster Abbey is a magnificent, glorious church, epitomic of Gothic architecture from the medieval times with its sharp arches and enormous square towers. Established by King Henry III in 1245, the present day church replaced the one founded by Edward the Confessor in 1045. Since 1066, from the time of King Harold's & William the Conqueror's coronation, not only have all British & English monarchs been coronated here but so have a number of royal weddings been held here.

Right in the heart of the Abbey, lies Edward the Confessor's shrine surrounded by shrines of other royals. Grand as they all are, you can't help but be mesmerized by the tomb of Henry VII, a magnificent work of Torrigiano, an Italian artist and a contemporary/rival of Michelangelo. Set near the Westminster Abbey is the Coronation chair, seat of every monarch's coronation since the time of Edward II. What makes the Abbey particularly fascinating is that it's a memorial to not just the monarchs of United Kingdom, but also to some of the country's greatest, larger-than-life figures. Poet's corner is where a tribute to nations' literary figures has been paid; Geoffrey Chaucer, Shakespeare, William Blake, Jane Austen, S.T. Coleridge, D.H. Lawrence, Dylan Thomas and John Milton. Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Disraeli also lie interred here.
There's a memorial dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill right near the west door, along with the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, in memory of the British soldiers who laid their life in World War I.

Be sure to visit the Abbey’s garden. One of the oldest planted and tended garden of the country, cultivated around 900 years ago, the garden is open only on weekdays- Tuesdays to Thursdays.

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