The Westminster Abbey is an active church where life revolves around Christian worship, just as it has been done for centuries. Westminster Abbey is also the place where royal coronations have occurred since 1066.
The Westminster Abbey is also a burial site for many of the last kings and queens of England and Scotland, as well as many extremely famous men and women on history pages . Westminster Abbey has the aura of British history as you can see in mosaics, stained glass, paintings, tombs, textiles and other beautiful exhibits. No wonder the Westminster Abbey welcomes a million visitors every year!
But besides the church itself in the abbey, visitors who explore the abbey area can see the church of St. Margaret – the original church of the British Parliament, the houses of the municipalities and the Lords. If you wish to continue your visit, why not go around the Great and Little Cloister, the beautiful House Museum and the Museum, and if time allows, College Garden.
If you feel you need a break after this study, you can revive tea and coffee at the Abbey Cafe or buy souvenirs at the Abbey Shop. We'll be glad to know that there are a few tours and an audio guide with a choice of eight languages. Alternatively, you can make a guided tour of a volunteer that lasts for more than an hour. These instructive and entertaining tours remain in the northern door and will take you through the most remarkable features: the Sanctuaries, the Monasteries and the Navi, the Royal Tombs and, of course, the poets. Corner!
Abbey has special services and a full set of events, including lectures and concerts. Working hours are from 9.30-17.45 from Monday to Saturday, as the church is open for worship only on Sundays. Westminster Abbey, SW1P 3PA Phone: 020 7222 5152
In contrast, Paul is the fourth London cathedral that takes its place. It was designed by the forensic architect Sir Christopher Wren and the construction was completed in 1710. About the 40 million pound rebuilding scheme already exists for a while – and the new facilities will be a great way to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the cathedral. in 2010! For the time being, however, visitors can enjoy a program of regular worship and sermons. This is the church in London, a witness of certain events such as the funeral of Admiral Lord Nelson, the laying on of the rest of the Wellington Duke and the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill over the centuries.
You can even see a memorial service and sometimes a royal memorial or a magnificent wedding when you visit! Of course, most visitors come to see the top dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, one of the largest domes of the cathedral ever built, and one that symbolizes London's challenge in the face of World War II fire bombs. It's strikingly high 111.3 meters.
St Paul was built on the standard cross plan, with the dome and the famous Whale gallery, high above the ship, in the dead part of the transept. Decorated with stunning mosaics, intricately carved stone walls and incredible arches, Paul is a masterpiece of cathedral architecture.
You can enjoy recorded audio tours in your spare time as you walk around the building; they come in eight languages and last for about 45 minutes. If you want to learn more about the building, you can book an hour Triborium Tour that visits the library, the ship, the trophy room – Wren's plans – and the famous geometric staircase.
The general tours of the building are available at 11.00, 11.30, 13.30 and 14.00 and you will see the crypt – where you will surely take the history of the cathedral. And if you need food, refreshments are available in two places: Restaurant Refectory and Crypt Café.