Westminster Abbey

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Facts:

 Dated back to the 7th century

  • Oldest Garden in England
  • Has England’s oldest door
  • September 6, 1997 Princess Diana’s funeral took place at the Abbey
  • September 17, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope to set foot in the Abbey
  • The King James Bible Old Testament and the last half of the New Testament were translated at Westminster Abbey. The New English Bible was also put together here
  • Couple most recently married at the Abbey; April 29, 2011 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II was married to Miss Catherine Middleton
  • Some notable non-royals buried at the Abbey include: Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Henry Purcell

I think Cathedrals are extremely beautiful and peaceful. I have been fortunate enough to visit Westminster Abbey three times in my life. It is one of the most breathtaking structures I have ever seen and knowing all the history behind it, makes it even more special. Many of you have heard of Westminster but do you know the history behind it?

There are over 1000 years of history in his magnificent structure and has been the coronation church since 1066. Many monarchs were crowned here and it is the final resting place of 17 kings and queens. Some most famous among them are Mary I, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.

This abbey was originally called St. Peter Abbey because a young fisherman saw Saint Peter near the site. Between 1042 and 1052 Edward the Confessor began to rebuild the church in order to give himself a royal burial. Edward passed in 1065 and it is said that his successor Harold II was likely the first to be crowned, however William the Conquer had the first documented coronation.

The construction of the present day church begun in 1245 by Henry III who also picked this site for his burial. Henry III constructed the church in a Anglo-French Gothic style in a homage to King Edward the Confessor. The construction continued between 1245 and 1517 and was finished in the reign of Richard II.

During the reign of King Henry VIII, he granted the abbey the status of cathedral by charter in 1540. This lasted 10 years before it returned to a previous title by the Catholic Queen Mary I, until Elizabeth I reign. Elizabeth re-established this church as a Royal Peculiar (a church responsible directly to the Sovereign, rather than to a diocesan bishop) and called it the Collegiate Church of St. Peter. To this day Westminster Abbey still remains a collegiate church governed by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster as established in 1560 by Queen Elizabeth I.

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