Westminster Abbey is Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster and most notable religious building in London. It is a traditional place of coronation and burial site in England, it is the final resting place of the great kings, queens, poets, musicians, scientists and politicians.
Westminster Abbey is also a World Heritage Site with over a thousand years of history. Over the centuries, it has become a treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts.
Few famous names burried here are: Nelson Mandela, Jane Austen, Stephen Hawking, Sir Isaac Newton,Charles Darwin and others
Parts of the Abbey accessible to public are
POETS’ CORNER: Place of pilgrimage for literature lovers
LADY CHAPEL: Late medieval architecture with a spectacular fan-vaulted ceiling and high stained glass windows
ROYAL TOMBS: Final resting place of 30 monarchs
THE QUIRE: the daily choral services
THE CLOISTERS: Part of the Abbey where the monks spent much of their time
CHAPTER HOUSE: A meeting place where the monks gathered to pray, read from the rule of St Benedict, discuss the day’s business and when the abbot decided on punishments
ABBEY GARDENS: College Garden, hidden within the walls of the Abbey precincts
PYX CHAMBER: A treasury in the 13th century
MODERN MARTYRS: Ten statues to modern martyrs - Christians who gave up their lives for their beliefs.
How to Reach
Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
St. James’s Park (District and Circle Lines)
London Victoria (0.8 miles)
London Waterloo (0.8 miles)