Westminster Abbey’s official name is The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster and remains an impressive sight for locals as well as foreign visitors who come to sample some of the most popular attractions in England. This church, which exhibits a distinctly Gothic style in its architecture, is situated in Westminster, London, near to the Palace of Westminster. It is a Royal Peculiar, meaning that it is under the direct jurisdiction of the Crown, and not an intermediary bishop.
Westminster Abbey is the traditional coronation
and burial site for English monarchs. The original
site is thought to date back to 616 when a shrine
was originally built on the site. In addition to English
monarchs, aristocrats,poets, generals, scientists, etc.
are also buried here.
Significantly, Westminster Abbey is the location at which the Old Testament and second half of the New Testament of the King James Bible were translated. During the 1900’s, the New English Bible was compiled here too.
The tombs are fascinating, having been the burial grounds of some of history’s most notable figures. These include Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, TS Eliot, John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, Jane Austen, Dylan Thomas, William Wordsworth, Henry Purcell, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
The Westminster Abbey Museum is another favourite attraction and is situated in the vault below the former monks' dormitory. This particular part of the abbey dates back to about 1065, making it one of the oldest areas. Being immersed in such ancient history that has such a deep religious and cultural import gives visitors a true sense of the English heritage.
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