Westminster Abbey London, England 1245-1517
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 AbbeyWestminster Abbey (The Collegiate Church of St Peter)
- 51.499306° N, 0.127480° W
- Broad SanctuarySW1P 3PA
- +44(0)20 7222 5152
Listed Building Description“The National Heritage List for England,” English HeritageNovember 30, 2011Reprinted with permission on September 12, 2012.
TQ 3079 NW and SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER BROAD SANCTUARY SW1 92/57 ;101/1 Westminster Abbey (The 24.2.58 Collegiate Church of St Peter) (Formerly listed under General) GV I Abbey church. C. Pearson, as Surveyors to the Fabric; "anti- scrape" preservation introduced by Micklethwaite and Lethaby. Reigate stone with Huddlestone stone for Henry VII's Chapel. Geometrical gothic, exceptionally French in plan with aisled, 11-bay nave, transepts and chancel with ambulatory and radiating chapels, and French in the height of the vault with its 2 tiers of flying buttresses. continue reading →
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The layout of Westminster Abbey is French Gothic, patterned specifically after Reims Cathedral. It has a Latin cross plan, with a long three-aisled nave, pronounced transepts, flying buttresses, and a large east apse with radiating chapels. The transept portals are set deep to allow for rich sculptural decoration and rose windows decorate their upper facades. Despite its French inspiration, Westminster Abbey is unique in several ways, which are especially apparent in the interior. 1087-1100). continue reading →