London’s Westminster Abbey is one of the must-see historical sites in the world. Located west of the House of Parliament in the city of Westminster. Dating back to more than 1000 years in history, this was the first location where Benedictine monks used to visit to carry out their daily worship. Today this is a beautiful church and a beloved place for the monarchy’s coronation ceremony and royal weddings. A structure that is beautiful both on the outside as well as on the inside with its paintings, stained glass, artifacts, and pavements.
The structure and the building itself looks very much like a French building and it only adds to its beauty. Over the century, chapels and towers were added, sculptures and carvings of late gothic were introduced.
Coronations and Weddings
From the time of William, the Conqueror, the British monarchy has been crowned here except Edward V and Edward VIII. It has become a tradition for all important functions of the royal family to be carried out here, including the weddings of the royal family.
Royal Burial Site
Many kings and queens have been buried in this church near the shrine of Edward the Confessor or in Henry VII’s chapel. The last monarch who buried here was King George II, who died in 1760. After which all other sovereign who died are buried at Windsor Castle. There are memorials of British statesmen and the grave of the Unknown Warrior, whose remains were received from Belgium in 1920. This includes over 3000 people in total that are buried at this site.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO identified this landmark as a World Heritage Site based on its cultural, historical and scientific significance. Indeed, Westminster Abbey is a masterpiece of art and history dating from its origin during the Benedictine monastery. Today, both a sight to behold as well as a church carrying out sermons and services, indeed this is a monument that should be visited by people from all over the world.