The Westminster Abbey, located near the Houses of Parliament, is more a historical site than a religious site. Every royal coronation, has taken place in Westminster Abbey.
Burial Ground The abbey is the burial ground for politicians, scientists and artists. The abbey is stuffed with statues and monuments. Nearly 3300 people are buried in the Westminster Abbey. Some of the most famous are Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and David Livingstone.
The history of the abbey started in 1050, when King Edward The Confessor decided to build an abbey. Only a small part of this original Norman monastery survived. The youngest part of the abbey is the North entrance, completed in the 19th century.
The Nave The Nave (B) In the nave you find the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, a World War I soldier who died on the battlefields in France and was buried here in French soil. Nearby is a marble memorial stone for Winston Churchill.
The Cloyster The Cloyster (G) were built between the 13th and 15th century. They were completely rebuilt after the Great Fire of The Cloyster were used by the monks for meditation.
Chapter House (H) The beautiful octagonal Chapter House is one of the largest of its kind in England. It has an original tile floor dating from 1250 and 14th century murals.
Henry VII Chapel The Henry VII Chapel is one of the most outstanding chapels of its time. It has a magnificent vault and a large stained glass window, the Battle of Britain memorial window. The window commemorates fighter pilots and crew who died during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Kings, queens, statesmen, soldiers, poets, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building.