Westminster Abbey: What You Need to Know

 

With its more than one million visitors annually, Westminster Abbey is one of the must-see tourist destinations in London, England. This 700-year-old building marks as the coronation church of England that houses queens, priests, villains, kings, poets soldiers, heroes and statesmen. More and more people flock to this sacred place for its day-to-day worship and other services. 
Daily worship service is regarded as the life of the Abbey through the Eucharist, Evensong and Morning Prayer. These religious services are available to all congregations and the public from all parts of the globe. Everyone is invited to witness and experience them no matter what religion or faith you have. The St. Edward the Confessor Shrine serves as a pilgrimage space for devotees alongside anniversaries and any other special occasions. 
Westminster Abbey is considered by many more of a historical site rather than a religious hub noting the royal coronation taken here since 1966. Its history commences in 1050 with the decision of King Edward the Confessor to construct a Norman monastery. The church is among the most significant Gothic buildings across the country; with its medieval Anglo-Saxon saint shrine still exist at its center. Its structure includes nave, which is the highest in England, the cloister, Chapter house and Henry VII Chapel or Lady Chapel. Its Library and Muniment Room holds the relevant collections of printed books, manuscripts and archives used for research regarding the varied, long history of the Abbey. 

 

As burial ground for significant people such as sovereigns, artists and politicians, the abbey houses statues, monuments and tombs. Some of the approximately 3300 buried bodies in its cloisters and church are Sir Isaac Newton, David Livingstone and Charles Darwin. 
Many people visit the Abbey primarily because of its spectacular accessible bathroom, communication, venue, building, attraction, booking, catering, event and payment facilities. The exciting and interesting activities here range from festivals to special events, concerts, bell ringing, lecture and to debates. It caters children with its awesome School visit to Westminster Abbey event inspiring them with its stained glass windows, vivid colors and carvings designed to stimulate their emotion and thought. Among the events to be held at the Abbey in 2014, including a service for the 175th University of Westminster anniversary celebration on January 30, The Song of God: Musical Promiscuity on February 28, Holy Week Concert on April 15, and the Summer Organ Festival 2014 on July 15.  
The Abbey greatly contributes to the cultural and musical life of Great Britain today with the association of the illustrious singers, composers, and organists. In fact, it has resounded to music day-by-day for more than a thousand years already. The Choir of Westminster Abbey’s daily choral services today originates from plainsong Offices sung by monastic monks. 
Before leaving the Abbey, souvenir items at its Westminster Abbey Shop are offered to tourists as keepsakes of their visit. These souvenirs are inspired by the history, architecture, and life of the Abbey and proceeds of which will be used for its mission and fabric maintenance. 
Make sure the next stop of your travel will be at Westminster Abbey and you will surely get the most of your trip. 
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