This former abbey church is the national church of Britain, used for coronations and filled with important tombs and monuments.
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- Westminster Abbey
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- Broad Sanctuary
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- 51.499306° N, 0.127480° W
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- Date Published
- October 8, 2013
- Last Updated
- April 11, 2015
Coronation of William the Conqueror in Westminster Abbey
Two months after his decisive victory at Hastings, William the Conqueror is crowned King William I of England in Westminster Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth I re-founds Westminster Abbey
Queen Elizabeth I re-founds Westminster Abbey as the "Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster."
Community of monks established at Westminster
The earliest certain date by which there is a community of monks on an island in the Thames known as West Minster (West Monastery), later known as Westminster Abbey.
Edward the Confessor begins reconstruction of Westminster Abbey
King Edward the Confessor begins rebuilding Westminster Abbey and building Westminster Palace.
St Dunstan enlarges original Westminster Abbey
St. Dunstan remodels and enlarges the original Westminster Abbey.
Consecration of Westminster Abbey church
Consecration of the new church at Westminster Abbey built by Edward the Confessor. The church is modeled very closely on that of Jumièges Abbey in Normandy, but is longer than any church in France. Edward was raised in Normandy, which probably accounts for his use of the Norman Romanesque style, not previously seen in England.
King George III is last royal to be buried in Westminster Abbey
King George II is the last British monarch to be buried in Westminster Abbey. Later rulers are buried in Windsor Castle.
Completion of Westminster Abbey's Gothic Revival west towers
Completion of the Gothic Revival west towers of Westminster Abbey. They are primarily the work of Nicholas Hawksmoor and John James.
Construction begins on Lady Chapel
Construction begins on a Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey.
King Henry III begins reconstruction of Westminster Abbey in High Gothic style
King Henry III demolishes Westminster Abbey and begins construction of an opulent new Gothic church in its place, modeled on Reims Cathedral. The new Westminster Abbey is probably the most expensive of the 13th century, with a total cost of £42,000 - about 1.2 times the annual revenue of the English Crown...
Completion of the chapter house at Westminster Abbey
The chapter house of Westminster Abbey in London, whose design is influenced by the upper chapel at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, is structurally complete.
Funeral procession of Princess Diana
The funeral procession of Diana, Princess of Wales, travels through London from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey.
Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. The 1,900 guests include Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Albert of Monaco and Elton John.
Wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Princess Elizabeth (soon to be Queen Elizabeth II) marries Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey.
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Elizabeth Alexander Mary, the 27-year-old daughter of King George VI, is crowned Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey.
Statues of 20th-century martyrs added to west facade
Statues of ten 20th-century Christian martyrs, including Deitrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Oscar Romero, are placed over the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey.
Burial of Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey
Charles Darwin, who had planned to be buried in the village churchyard near his home in Kent, is laid to rest in an elaborate ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey designated a Grade I listed building
Westminster Abbey in London, England, is designated a Grade I listed building.