Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Located in the heart of London and one of the most iconic and historically significant buildings in the United Kingdom. Today we will take a look at some of the features of interest that make this building so significant.


The abbey has a long and fascinating history dating back over a thousand years. Its origins can be traced to the 7th century when it was established as a small Benedictine monastery. The current Gothic abbey we see today was built in the 13th century.

Royal Connections:

Westminster Abbey has strong ties to the British monarchy. It has been the traditional site for coronations since the 11th century. It is also the burial place of many monarchs, including King Henry III, Queen Elizabeth I, and Queen Victoria.


The abbey’s architecture is a remarkable example of Gothic style. Its intricate stone carvings, soaring arches, and impressive stained glass windows showcase the craftsmanship of medieval artisans. The magnificent façade and twin towers create an imposing presence.

Poets’ Corner:

Located in the South Transept of Westminster Abbey it is an area where many literary figures are either buried or memorialized. The name “Poets’ Corner” was not officially given to the area until the 19th century, although poets had been buried there for centuries.

Poets’ Corner is home to numerous memorials, statues, and floor stones dedicated to famous writers and poets. Some of the notable figures interred or commemorated there include:

Geoffrey Chaucer: Often regarded as the father of English literature, Chaucer was the author of “The Canterbury Tales.”

William Shakespeare: The world-renowned playwright and poet, known for his plays like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “Macbeth.”

Charles Dickens: A celebrated Victorian novelist known for works such as “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Great Expectations,” and “Oliver Twist.”

Jane Austen: An influential writer of the Regency period, known for novels like “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility.”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson: A prominent Victorian poet and the poet laureate during much of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Samuel Johnson: A renowned literary figure, critic, and lexicographer known for his influential work, “A Dictionary of the English Language.”

Robert Burns: A celebrated Scottish poet, famous for his poems and songs, including “Auld Lang Syne.”

Dylan Thomas: A Welsh poet and writer known for his works like “Under Milk Wood” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”

In addition to the burial sites, Poets’ Corner features numerous plaques, busts, and statues commemorating various writers. Some memorials display poignant quotes or lines from the poets’ works.

The Nave:

The abbey’s Nave is an awe-inspiring space with its lofty ceilings and grandeur. Marvel at the beautiful fan vaulting, medieval stained glass windows, and the intricately carved choir screen.

The Cloisters and Gardens:

Westminster Abbey features peaceful cloisters, covered walkways that surround a courtyard. A tranquil escape from the bustling city. The College Garden, located nearby, is said to be the oldest cultivated garden in England.

College Garden snow

The Coronation Chair

One of the abbey’s most famous artifacts is the Coronation Chair, which has been used in the coronation ceremonies since the 14th century. The chair contains the Stone of Scone, a symbol of Scottish kingship.

Services and Events:


Westminster Abbey continues to be an active place of worship. Regular religious services, including choral evensong, are held, and the abbey’s choir is renowned for its performances. Special events, such as royal weddings and state funerals, are also hosted here.

Immerse yourself in centuries of history, marvel at stunning architecture, and appreciate the cultural and religious significance of this incredible building right in the hear of London,

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