Have you ever visited Westminster Abbey? What did you think of it? Let other people know by posting your photos and writing a little review.
I must have walked past the Abbey about a thousand times as I went to work, but I never went in. I thought it was just going to be your normal kind of church building, maybe with some statues and a stained-glass window. I knew it was going to be flash, but, boy oh boy, I didn't really have a clue.
I went in one lunchtime to get out of the rain and was amazed. The place just oozes with history. Every nook and cranny is stuffed with statues, plaques and effigies. It seems like every piece of wallspace has been utilised. Even the chapels containing the golden tombs and sarcophagi of kings and queens have been stuffed up with hangers-on and interlopers. And these aren't the tombs of any old monarch - these are the tombs of Henry VII and Elizabeth I.The tomb of Edward the Confessor (which can only be glimpsed past other huge sarcophagi) gives you goosebumbs- it seems to be the most sacred place in England. Even the other kings must have thought so, as kings of the caliber of Richard II and Henry III have placed their tombs next to it.
I have no hesitation whatsoever in telling you go and visit. You will be amazed.
As a coniseur of London's churches, i have to say that this is head and shoulders above the rest. The reason is that Westminster Abbey is not simply a church. It is also London's best museum, containing literally countless statues, memorials tombs and pieces of outstanding art. And the architectue inside is stunning. The roof of Henry VII's chapel is perhaps the finest roof in the country. When you consider that practically every British king and queen has been crowned her since 1066 -- and they still have the same chair which they still use to this day -- then that gives you some idea of the vast amount of history contained in this stunning place
Westminster Abbey is, in many ways, the non-pareil (without equal) of English gothic, monastic and church architecture, for some of the following reasons: 1. It was rebuilt by Henry III, after 1250, to contain the shrine of St Edward the Confessor (died, 1066): the last-but-one Saxon King of England. 2. The Lady Chapel was rebuilt by Henry VII , to contain an intended shrine to Henry VI: but the cost of the Canonization Cause caused Henry VII (died, 1509) to make the rebuilt chapel his own place of sepulchre instead. 3. The consistent Early English style of the nave and aisles, with their Purbeck marble colonettes (small attached columns to the main columns), is beautifully proportioned. 4. The fan-vaulting of the Henry VII Chapel is, probably, the finest example of fan-vaulting, that uniquely English variant of gothic architecture. It appears to excel even the fan-vaulting of King's College chapel, Cambridge; the Divinity School at Oxford; or even Bath Abbey. 5. The superb late gothic grille of Henry VII's tomb; and the effigies of Henry VII, his wife, Elizabeth of York and his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, by the Italian master sculptor, Torregiano, in the Henry VII Chapel, are said to be the finest in northern Europe, 6. The monument to Mary, Queen of Scots, in the Henry VII chapel (Henry VII was her great-grandfather), is perhaps the finest renaissance monument in the Abbey. 7. Westminster Abbey is the coronation and burial place of so many English (pre 1603) and British (post 1603) kings and queens.
great place. would anyone know who Carolus Marsh was? He was buried across from the oldest chapel there. It looks like the date is 1821
Google says he was a zoologist and palaeontologist. He had a big beard like Charles Darwin, so he looked the part. My favourite bit of the Abbey is Henry VII chapel, thats where I want to be buried when i'm dead. Have you ever looked up at the roof? I saw it on a Tony Robinson programme once and when I went there I had a look and it was pretty special. They dont build tombs like that anymore, its too expensive. There's be an uproar. These days you had to bury your ashes in a yoghurt pot and donate the money to the pandas in the forest.
I been to WA many times... it is as much a Museum as a Church and was always free to enter. Two years ago I met some friends from the States who told me they were charging £15.00 per person to go in and could scarcely believe it. Is it true that admission is now charged ?
the abbey is a very nice place to visit. If you want to see it please go because it tells or shows you the history.
Good morning, I looking to book tickets with a guided tour and I don't see anywhere to book this and the additional cost, would you be able to assist? thank you and have a pleasant day