Westminster Abbey, Westminster Palace
The Westminster Abbey, which
goes by the formal name The Collegiate
Church of St. Peter at Westminster, is a
large Gothic church located on the west of
the Palace of Westminster.
This UNESCO World Heritage
Site has its origin in 616 AD when the site
was still known as Thorn Ey. The present
structure was built in 1245 by Henry III,
and is currently hailed as one of the most
important Gothic buildings
in the country.
All English and British monarchs, starting
from King Harold and William the Conqueror
(1066), were crowned in the Westminster
Abbey except Edward V and Edward VIII.
Prominent people were also buried in the
site, including Henry III, Geoffrey Chaucer,
William Blake, John Keats, William
Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Henry
Purcell and other artists, scientists,
politicians and doctors.
Other important areas in the Westminster
Abbey include the Organ (built in 1937),
Bells (overhauled in 1971) and the
Westminster Abbey museum, an old area of the
Abbey, which features collection of funeral
effigies and the England's oldest altar
piece, the Westminster Retable.
The Westminster Abbey has become a popular
choice for the setting of the movie
of The Da Vinci Code (2005),
but eventually turned it down because of the
Other popular churches in the world are the
Notre Dame in
Paris and the
Ascension Church in