Westminster Abbey: An example of excellent Gothic ArchitectureUnited Kingdom | April 9, 2010 | No discussion yet
Located close to the House of Parliament, the Westminster Abbey is a historical site that welcomes visitors from all over the world and from the country. It is a well-known attraction of London in the United Kingdom. The original name of this church is Collegiate Church of St Peter situated in Westminster, but is commonly recognized as the Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey is a huge Gothic church that could be found towards the western direction of the Palace of the Westminster. This attraction is the traditional place of coronation and also the burial site for English. Over the years, the site has also become monarchs of the Commonwealth Realms. By gaining the status of becoming a cathedral, this attraction is boasting its beauty from the year 1546 to the year 1556, which is considered as a Royal Peculiar. The church is administered by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and was established by Queen Elizabeth I, the Royal Charter in the year 1560. Initially, the church was built as the Collegiate Church, but later it changed over the time.
The Westminster Abbey church boasts amazing attractions to the visitors with its excellent architectural works praising the gothic style. The confessor’s shrine, St. Edward, could be found at the center of the Abbey Church. The memorials and tombs of many great men and women featuring the British History bound the St Edward. Over some thousand years of worthy treasures like paintings, textiles, stained glass, the church displays striking architectural work to the public. You can take a tour of the church and explore every history and backdrops of the church right from the beginning.
Guided tours, audio guided tours, and verger-led tours, all are available in various languages like Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish, French, and German. So you have plenty of options to explore this beautiful attraction of London. While exploring this historical site, you can also explore and enjoy the St Margaret’s Church, the Chapter House and museum, the Great and Little Cloisters, and those special and past days in the college garden. You can have some snacks and drinks that could be found at the site, but you cannot eat them inside the building.
The church remains open to public from Monday to Saturday all through the year, and its timing is fixed from 9.30am to 4.45pm. During Sundays, the church remains closed due to the religious holidays and remains opened just for the worshipping. To enter this beautiful attraction, you need to pay certain amount as entry fee. For this, adults have to pay £10.00, students – £7.00, under age group of 16 – £7.00, and family – £24.00. With its spectacularly beautiful and surprising architecture, this huge tall building features plenty of breathtaking displays that captivate every visitor.
Whenever you plan to visit and experience this historical and unique attraction, do not forget to carry a camera. Just take a camera along with you and click as much pictures as you want, and memorize your special holiday at the Westminster Abbey forever.