Churches provide us with an insight into England’s cultural heritage and here in London we can see these places of historical importance within just a short walk from the city centre. Westminster Abbey, for example is one of the most underappreciated feats of architectural grandeur that London has to offer. Here we detail some of the most beautiful gothic features and history behind this impressive building.
Nine hundred years ago, Westminster Abbey was used as a Benedictine Monastery, offering the traditional Benedictine hospitality to its wide array of visitors. Today, the Abbey now welcomes over three million visitors each year, keen to explore the architectural delights of the building, and thousands more come to worship. Having stood the test of time, the Abbey, located in South West London is a striking memory of England’s religious past and has played host to most of the key weddings and ceremonies of the British royalty.
Officially called the Abbey of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Westminster, the latest high profile marriage held here was that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011.
The architectural style is considered the finest early examples of English Gothic. With its high imposing ceilings, and painstakingly carved arches and rafters, the Abbey remains a firm favourite amongst architects and tourists alike.
Besides from the royal graves, be sure to pay respect to the commoner’s burials, especially in the Poets’ Corner where you’ll find literary greats such Chaucer, Dickens, and Hardy.
Alongside its architectural beauty, the Abbey is world renowned for its choir services, which are held daily. Comprised of 30 dedicated choir boys, the group conduct daily services at the Abbey and throughout the country.