London’s Architectural Masterpiece: Westminster Abbey
Formerly known as The Collegiate Church of St. Peter, the Westminster Abbey was specifically designed as a church and at the same time a cemetery with numerous memorials. It can be traced way back in the 15th century in which it had been build. To date, it is known as an architectural masterpiece and its history is being studied. It is a usual venue for royal gatherings and coronations and is being supervised by the crown instead of the diocese. This is a situation that is very uncommon for a church.
Tombs of historic people can be found at Westminster Abbey some of which are the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and other royalties. Geoffrey Chaucer is just one of famous poets whose tomb can be found here. You can find the Winston Churchill, Poets Corner and Lady Chapel here as well. Only famous and historic people are buried here such as generals, aristocrats, scientists and royalties. These people are the ones worthy of honor.
Upon entering the main door, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from way back World War I can be found. Of all the gravestones, this is the only one being honored and people are not allowed to set foot on it.
The church’s design is described as Gothic comparable to the cathedral’s designs. Royalties of England such as the former Kings and Queens had been buried in this church.
Mystery is hidden behind the church’s walls which is significant to history. Edward the Confessor’s vault had been discovered here in the year 2005. Other vaults which can be traced way back in the 13th century had also been discovered.
The church’s architectural design is impressive in itself. Its support arch is enclosed within the roof and has been kept hidden. Its enormous ceilings which are vaulted and historically majestic design make it a home of art.
Historical and famous artworks are also kept here such as the portrait of Richard the II from the year 1300. The rose window known for its unique medieval structure is visible from the south view. Arts that feature a three dimensional design were considered a form of sin during this period.
Father Massey contributed a lot of paintings in the pillars and other areas of the Abbey. He is a resident artist.
Famous dignitaries and historic figures are buried here such as Charles Dickens, Sir Isaac Newton, John Dryden, Henry Wadsworth, Charles Darwin, Robert Browning, Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy among many others.
The Abbey consisted of 60 monks and 200 people assisting in the Benedictine Monastery in the 12th century. It had been named as one of the richest churches in the whole of England.
In the 14th century, the cloister area which the monks used for exercise, prayer and meditation had been built.
Around the 1500’s, Henry VII chapel which has a huge and magnificently stained glass window and breathtaking vault had been built.
The legacy of Westminster Abbey with its beautiful interior and exterior, have been recognized in various works of arts. In one glance you can see a thousand years of history.