S-A-D #11 – Westminster Abbey

//in 1066 took place in Westminster the first coronation, when was enthroned William the Conqueror…//


Westminster Abbey originally stood in wetlands near London. It was inhabited by Benedictines, which used to have around the year of 604 there a small church. Edward the Confessor then in first half of the 11th century started a greater construction, but when the consecration of the Church of St. Peter, built in Romanesque style finally was, he has already been dead. In the following year, in 1066 took place in Westminster the first coronation, when was enthroned with great pomp William the Conqueror. Since that is habit to crown English kings right on this place. Similar ceremony could Londoners last time see on 2nd of June 1953, when Elizabeth II. joined the throne.

Today´s form of Westminster Abbey – lenght of 170m, width of 25m and height of 34m formed in 13th century, when original building was rebuilt in the Gothic style. Outstanding church with to sky rising towers and giant rossettes was during past centuries venue of a lot of coronations and royal weddings, but here also came the last resting place for kings of this island state. Over time the English decided, that on this place will be buried remains of their greatest scientists, artists, poets and writers, so you can visit there among others also graves of Newton, Darwin, Chaucer, Dickens, Kipling or Thomas Hardy. But English history and culture don´t have any one famous personality, which wouldn´t in the biggest English catholic shrine get at least commemorative plaque.


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