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The abbey is the premier anglican chu...

The Abbey is the premier Anglican church in the world. It's a Gothic church the size of a cathedral, and is the priamry place for coronation and burial ceremonies of the English monarchy. The Abbey is stunning from the outside. The fever of the "Roses" in television dramas has had a noticeable impact on this monument,now world-famous for the televised broadcast of Princess Diana's funeral. Since then, visitors increased 300% according to the official stats.

Westminster Abbey was founded in the 10th century. At that time, most of the Christians of Europe accepted the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. In the 16th century, the Reformation created many changes in the organizational structure of churches across Europe. The Church of England became independent from Rome, but still retained a lot of its traditions, while developing its own unique forms of worship, performing services in English, rather than Latin, and taking the holy scripture and tradition as their authority.
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St. edward's chair

Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, almost all English monarchs have been crowned in the cathedral. The Archbishop of Canterbury is responsible for performing coronation ceremonies. St. Edward's chair, the throne on which the sovereigns sit during coronation, is preserved inside the cathedral.
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The church of st peter at westminster...

The Church of St Peter at Westminster, usually known as the Westminster Abbey, is a large Gothic church, which was in the sixteenth century cathedral, and is on Parliament Square, just behind the Palace of Westminster, which is now the home of parliaments. This is the traditional location for coronations and funerals, many English monarchs are buried. Coronations have taken place since the eleventh century, when William the Conqueror, from all the kings were crowned in the abbey, except those that have not been officially crowned. The person responsible for royal ceremonies is the Archbishop of Canterbury. Most kings are buried, you can see the tombs of Elizabeth I, William III, or Henry III and Mary Stuart. There are also celebrities such as Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and the unknown soldier who lie in the cemetery of the abbey. In Poets' Corner, are buried Charles Dickens, Handel, Rudyard Kipling ... The organ dates from 1937, he served for the first time at the coronation of George VI, and 84 pipes. To visit the abbey, take the subway station Westminster, it is often closed for private masses, the crown or Lords. In the rectory of the eleventh century, one of the oldest parts, there is a small museum of the abbey, which has ancient sculptures, replicas of the crowns, and wax reproductions of monarchs. Admission is expensive, 12 euros, 25 for a family, but the entrance to the masses is free, so you can to slip over the entrance to the church, and enjoy the best choirs in the country.

L ´église Saint Pierre de Westminster, plus souvent connue sous le nom de l´Abbaye de Westminster, est une grande église Gothique, qui fut cathédrale au XVIème siècle, et se trouve sur la place du parlement, juste derrière le palais de Westminster, qui est maintenant la maison des parlements.

C´est l´endroit traditionnel pour les couronnements royaux, ainsi que les enterrements, plusieurs monarques anglais y sont enterrés. Les couronnements ont lieu depuis le XIème siècle, époque de William le conquérant, depuis, tous les rois ont été couronnés dans l´abbaye, sauf ceux qui n´ont pas été couronnés officiellement.

La personne chargée des cérémonies royales est l´archevêque de Canterbury. La plupart des rois y sont enterrés, on peut voir les tombes d´Elizabeth I, de William III, ou encore d´Henry III, et de Mary Stuart. Il y a également des célébrités, comme Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton ou le soldat inconnu qui reposent au cimetière de l´abbaye. Dans le coin des poètes, sont enterrés Charles Dickens, Handel, Rudyard Kipling…

L´orgue date de 1937, il a servi pour la première fois au couronnement de George VI, et a 84 tuyaux.

Pour visiter l´abbaye, il faut prendre le métro station Westminster, elle est souvent fermée pour des messes privées, de la couronne ou des lords. Dans le presbytère du XIème siècle, l´une des plus anciennes parties, il y a un petit musée de l´abbaye, qui présente des sculptures anciennes, des répliques des couronnes, et des reproductions en cire des monarques.

L´entrée est chère, 12 euros environ, 25 pour une famille, mais l´entrée aux messes est gratuite, on peut donc s´y glisser durant l´entrée de la messe, et profiter des plus belles chorales du pays.
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Where history breathes

Westminster Abbey, so current with the latest royal wedding ... was a place I liked and impressed, mainly because there are the tombs and monuments to many legendary characters, and one can not help but be fascinated, despite the large crowds that circulates there ... Here are memorial plaques to Halley, yes, yes, and the first Astronomer Royal who predicted the return of the comet that so much attention a few years ago-I prefer not to count them, more than one night we went to look at the sky alcarreño My parents, friends and myself, and Captain Cook, travelers inspiring dreams ... and once inside, where you can not take pictures, saved the remains of Lord Byron, Handel, Shakespeare, Dickens, and more, in the Poet's Corner. Of course, the British royal tombs around here and alllí, and near the choir, two great monuments to Isaac Newton and Lord Stanhope, over the graves of Charles Darwin, and explorer Livingstone! It is true that England has always respected and honored travelers, explorers, and their intellectuals. The building, on the other hand, is great, with a nice cloister in which to rest a bit and digest or think about where you are ... Admission is "paste" (10 or 12 pounds in 2009), but I think worth it.

Donde se respira la historia

La Abadía de Westminster, tan de actualidad con la última boda real... fue un lugar que me gustó e impresionó, principalmente porque allí se encuentran las tumbas y monumentos dedicados a tantos personajes legendarios, y uno no puede dejar de sentirse fascinado, a pesar de la gran cantidad de público que por allí circula...
Aquí hay placas conmemorativas a Halley, sí, sí, astrónomo real y el primero que predijo la vuelta de de ése cometa que tanto dio que hablar hace ya unos cuantos años -prefiero no contarlos, más de una noche salimos a buscarlo en el cielo alcarreño, mis padres, algunos amigos y yo misma-, y al Capitán Cook, inspirador de sueños viajeros... y ya dentro, donde no se pueden hacer fotos, se guardan los restos de Lord Byron, Handel, Shakespeare, Dickens, y más, en la Poet's Corner.
Por supuesto, también las tumbas de la realeza inglesa andan por aquí y por alllí, y cerca del Coro, dos grandes monumentos a Isaac Newton y Lord Stanhope, más las tumbas de Charles Darwin, y del explorador Livingstone!! Cierto es que Inglaterra siempre ha respetado y honrado a los viajeros, exploradores, y a sus intelectuales.
El edificio, por otro lado, es grandioso, con un claustro muy agradable en el que descansar un poco y digerir o pensar en el lugar donde estás...
La entrada es "una pasta" (10 o 12 libras en el 2009), pero creo que merece la pena.
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The truth is that westminster abbey i...

The truth is that Westminster Abbey is one of those sites to be visited without fail if you go through London. And that is not the most spectacular building, but throughout history it has and the privileged in that is, is a crucial step. I could not visit inside because it was closed to tourists on Sunday and I did not go, but taking advantage of the fantastic sunny day, well worth the visit and could take the occasional snapshot to remember.

La verdad es que la Abadía de Westminster es uno de esos sitios que hay que visitar sin falta si pasas por Londres. Y eso que no es un edificio de los más espectaculares, pero por toda la historia que tiene y por el enclave privilegiado en el que se encuentra, es un lugar de paso imprescindible. No pude visitarla por dentro porque estaba cerrado al turista el domingo y no volví a pasar, pero aprovechando el fantástico día soleado, la visita mereció la pena y se pudo sacar alguna que otra instantánea para el recuerdo.
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Westminster abbey (westminster abbey)...

Westminster Abbey (Westminster Abbey) is the building that crowned the kings of England since William the Conqueror in 1066, and where most of them are also buried. It is located right next to the Parliament, close to the River Thames. It's a busy place and I advise that if you go in high season or skipping madruguéis late to visit. It is a building of early English Gothic style (1180-1280) and, though it may seem, is not a cathedral, as is that of St Paul, but it has the status of "royal privilege" and administered directly after the Crown . Some of his most interesting points are: The Coronation Chair, in which almost all have been crowned kings since the thirteenth century, the chapel of Queen Elizabeth, Henry VII's chapel, the tomb of Queen Mary Stuart, Chapel of St. Edward the Confessor, the founder of the abbey or the Lantern, where they celebrate the coronations. It is advisable to rent an audio guide (4 pounds).

La abadía de Westminster (Westminster Abbey) es el edificio donde se coronan a los reyes de Inglaterra desde Guillermo el Conquistador, en 1066, y donde la mayoría de ellos son también enterrados. Está situada justo al lado del Parlamento, muy cerca del río Támesis.

Es un sitio muy concurrido y os aconsejo que si vais en temporada alta madruguéis o vayáis a última hora a visitarla.

Se trata de un edificio de estilo gótico inglés temprano (1180-1280) y, aunque pueda parecerlo, no es una catedral, como lo es la de St Paul, sino que tiene estatus de “privilegio real” y está administrada directamente pos la Corona.

Algunos de sus puntos más interesantes son: La silla de la Coronación, en la que han sido coronados casi todos los monarcas desde el siglo XIII, la capilla de la Reina Isabel, la capilla de Enrique VII, la tumba de la reina María Estuardo, la capilla de San Eduardo el Confesor, el fundador de la abadía o la Linterna, el lugar donde se celebran las coronaciones.

Es recomendable alquilar una audio guía (4 libras).
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Westminster abbey is undoubtedly the ...

Westminster Abbey is undoubtedly the most famous church in London. It is the burial place of most of the kings and queens of England, and also men and famous women, this place is full of history. Generally, coronations of English monarchs were places in the church. The English are very proud of this splendid monument, access is very easy given that Westminster Abbey is located in the center of the city.

L'abbaye de Westminster est sans nul doute l'église la plus célèbre de Londres. C'est le lieu de sépulture de la plupart des rois et reines d'Angleterre, et aussi des hommes et des femmes célèbres, ce lieu est chargé d'histoire. Généralement, les couronnements des souverains anglais ont eu lieux dans cette église. Les anglais sont très orgueilleux de ce splendide monument, l'accès y est très facile étant donnée que l'abbaye de Westminster est situé dans le centre de la ville.

LA cathédrale de Westminster est un des lieux les plus significatif de l'empreinte catholique de la capitale anglaise. Les londoniens la surnomme communément The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood. Elle est située à coté de la célèbre abbaye de Westminster. Son architecture colorée lui donne un coté chaleureux et oriental. Tous les dimanches la chorale de la cathédrale donne une représentation qui attire de nombreux catholiques londoniens ainsi que de nombreux touristes.
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At the discovery of english history

This is a beautiful course in the heart of the history of the English monarchy. An audio guide is available at the entrance and explains in detail the different parts of this great abbey. The photos are allowed inside, the opportunity to enjoy and open your eyes wide. It is the central nave of a Gothic and the sanctuary are crowned and buried monarchs chapels dedicated to royal families Poets' Corner ... Westminster is full of tombs, memorial plaques, tributes to political and literary celebrities. Beautiful on the outside and rich inside, it is a must in London!

A la découverte de l'histoire anglaise

C'est un parcours magnifique au coeur de l'histoire de la monarchie anglaise. Un audioguide est disponible gratuitement à l'entrée et nous explique en détail les différentes pièces de cette immense abbaye. Les photos sont interdites à l'intérieur, l'occasion d'en profiter pleinement et d'ouvrir grands les yeux.
Il y a la nef au centre, d'un gothique flamboyant ; le sanctuaire où sont couronnés et enterrés les monarques ; les chapelles dédiées aux familles royales ; le coin des poètes...
Westminster foisonne de tombes, de plaques commémoratives, d'hommages à des célébrités politiques ou littéraires.
Magnifique à l'extérieur et riche à l'intérieur, c'est un incontournable de Londres!
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A sanctuary full of history

Also called the Collegiate of San Pedro de Westtminster. His style is mixed but mostly Gotham and the size of a cathedral. It is the place where traditionally celebrate coronations and burials of English kings, being next to the Palace of Westminster. He ordered to build by Edward the Confessor between 1045 and 1050 and was consecrated in 1065. Long after the Towers were built in 1722, these if Gothic. There are now buried 18 kings with their consorts, and characters of science and illustrious, Issac Newton, Charles Dickens, and the legendary Diana. Your visit is highly recommended

Un santuario lleno de historia

También llamada la colegiata de San Pedro de Westtminster. Su estilo es mezclado pero mayormente Gótica y del tamaño de una catedral. Es el lugar en el que tradicionalmente se celebran coronaciones y entierros de reyes ingleses, estando al lado del palacio de Westmister.
Se mando construir por Eduardo el confesor entre los años 1045 y 1050 y se consagro en 1065. Mucho después se construyeron las Torres en 1722 , estas si de estilo gótico.
En la actualidad hay enterrados 18 reyes con sus consortes , y también personajes de la ciencia e ilustres como, Issac Newton, Charles Dickens, y la mítica Diana de Gales.
Su visita es muy recomendable
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Westminster Abbey is not only the place of the princely family of the royal wedding, it was also the place where William the Conqueror was crowned, and all the kings who succeeded him. There are also the tombs of ancient kings and queens of England. The church is so beautiful from the outside with its Gothic towers, from the inside with his vault. Westminster Abbey brings all pride of the country, including presentation of monuments in memory of people like Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton, Churchill course or Shakespeare. The abbey became a World Heritage in 1987.


L'abbaye de Westminster n'est pas seulement le lieu des mariages princiers de la famille royale, ce fut aussi l'endroit où Guillaume le Conquérant fut couronné, ainsi que tous les monarques qui lui ont succédé. On y trouve également les tombes des anciens rois et reines d'Angleterre. L'église est aussi belle de l'extérieur avec ses tours de style gothique, que de l'intérieur avec sa voute. L'abbaye de Wesminster rassemble toutes les fiertés de la patrie, en présentant notamment des monuments en mémoire de personnalités comme Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton, Churchill bien sûr ou encore Shakespeare. L'abbaye est entrée au patrimoine mondial en 1987.
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We only saw the outside

Due to its high price decided not to enter this temple, in which various personalities buried there, including Charles Darwin, what if we think about it is somewhat contradictory. For all familiar with the theory of evolution of species Darwin theory that life was persecuted in the Catholic Church defending the divine origin of the human species. Well, the same theory in defending his total confrontation with the Catholic idea, is buried in a Christian temple of the Magnitude of Westminster Abbey. All very logical. That said, is one of the places to visit (at least on the outside must be seen), if we visit London. It is located next to the Parliament, so it's no extra effort to visit. I have some photos.

Solo la vimos por fuera

Debido a su alto precio decidimos no entrar en este templo, en el que hay enterradas diversas personalidades, entre ellas Charles Darwin, lo que si lo pensamos un poco es un tanto contradictorio.

Por todos es conocida la teoría de la evolución de las especies de Darwin, teoría por la cual fue perseguido en vida por la Iglesia Católica que defendía el origen divino de la especie humana. Bien, pues ese mismo que defendía su teoría en total confrontación con la idea Católica, está enterrado en un templo Cristiano de la Magnitud de la Abadía de Westminster. Todo muy Lógico.

Dicho lo cual, es uno de los lugares de obligada visita (al menos hay que verla por fuera), si visitamos Londres. Se encuentra situada muy cerca del Parlamento, por lo que no es ningún esfuerzo extra visitarla. Os dejo unas fotos.
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Westminster abbey

It was built Westminster Abbey between 1045 and 1050 in the Romanesque style by Edward the Confessor but his consecration was delayed until 1065. The story goes that Edward the Confessor had promised to vote on a pilgrimage, but to break his vow amend Pope recommended building an abbey error. Westminster Abbey was rebuilt in Gothic style between 1245 and 1517, in works initiated under the reign of Henry III and completed by Richard II. Its history is dotted with sites, controversial and ownership changes, though his royal connections always protecting finished Westminster Abbey. The two towers of the west side of the abbey, and as part of its most recognizable image were added in 1722 by Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Westminster abbey

Fue construida la Abadía de Westminster entre los años 1.045 y 1.050 en estilo románico por Eduardo El Confesor aunque su consagración se retrasó hasta 1.065. Cuenta la historia que Eduardo El Confesor había prometido en voto realizar una peregrinación, pero al faltar a su voto el papa le recomendó enmendar el error edificando una abadía. La Abadía de Westminster fue remodelada en estilo gótico entre los años 1.245 y 1.517, en unas obras iniciadas bajo el reinado de Enrique III y finalizadas por Ricardo II.
Su historia se encuentra jalonada de sitios, polémicas y cambios de propietarios, aunque sus conexiones con la realeza siempre acabaron protegiendo a la Abadía de Westminster. Las dos torres del lado oeste de la abadía y que forman parte de su imagen mas reconocible fueron añadidas en 1.722 por Christopher Wren y Nicholas Hawksmoor.
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The abada

Westminster Abbey is in front of the Palace of Westminster. It is of Gothic style and the facade is breathtaking. To enter you must pay admission. I recommend going early, and being there 15 or 30 minutes before it opens (usually open at 09: 30h), as they often form huge queues. The interior of the abbey will not disappoint, it is a walk through history in the UK, its kings, queens, princes and princesses. This tour is a 'must' in London.

La abadía

Westminster Abbey se encuentra en frente del Palacio de Westminster. Es de estilo gótico y la fachada que tiene quita el aliento. Para entrar hay que pagar entrada. Recomiendo ir a primera hora, y estar ahí 15 o 30 min antes de que abra (suele abrir a las 09:30h), ya que se suelen formar unas colas enormes. El interior de la Abadía no te defraudará, es un paseo por la historia de Reino Unido, de sus reyes, reinas, príncipes y princesas. Esta visita es un 'must' en Londres.
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Westminster abbey, which was founded ...

Westminster Abbey, which was founded in 960 AD as a Benedictine monastery, is designed in the shape of a cross, recalling the death of Jesus Christ. It is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987. It includes a nave, the shrine of Edward the Confessor, the Poets' Corner and the Henry VII Chapel (You can see the tomb of Queen Elizabeth I). Since the coronation of William the Conqueror, it became "the coronation church." Almost all of the coronations of English monarchs took place in the abbey. It is also the burial place of most of the kings and queens of England. Note: The presence of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier Price = £ 15.00 per adult

L’Abbaye de Westminster, qui fut fondée en 960 après JC en tant que monastère bénédictin, est conçue en forme de croix, rappelant ainsi la mort de Jésus Christ. Elle est classée au Patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO depuis 1987. On y trouve notamment une nef, le sanctuaire d'Édouard le Confesseur, le coin des poètes et la chapelle Henri VII (On pourra y voir la tombe de la reine Elisabeth I).
Depuis le sacre de Guillaume le Conquérant, elle est devenue « l’église du couronnement ». La quasi-totalité des couronnements des monarques anglais a eu lieu dans cette abbaye. Elle est également le lieu de sépulture de la majorité des rois et reines d'Angleterre.
A noter: Présence de la tombe du soldat inconnu

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A gothic church

About the size of a cathedral. It is a traditional place for coronations and burials of monarchs activa.Se ingleses.Es a church founded in the tenth century, is located next to the Big Ben. It is known as the graveyard for the tombs of the monarchy, and cienciencias English literature. Its walls are home to excellent examples of English medieval art and architecture, the visitor is offered a mix of church and museum. The funeral of Princess Diana in September 1997 triple consiguia visitors. The temple is impressive.

Una iglesia gotica

Tiene el tamaño de una catedral.

Es un lugar tradicional para las coronaciones y entierros de los monarcas ingleses.Es una iglesia activa.Se fundo en el siglo X,esta situada al lado del Big ben.

Es conocida como el panteón para las tumbas de la monarquía,literatura y cienciencias inglesas.

Sus muros dan cobijo a excelentes ejemplos de arquitectura y arte medieval ingles,al visitante se le ofrece una mezcla de iglesia y museo.

El funeral de la Princesa Diana de Gales en septiembre de 1997 consiguia triplicar los visitantes.

El templo es impresionante.
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Information about Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Phone Number
+44 (0) 20 7222 5152
+44 (0) 20 7222 5152
Westminster Abbey Address
Broad Sanctuary, Londres SW1P 3PA, Inglaterra
Broad Sanctuary, Londres SW1P 3PA, Inglaterra
Westminster Abbey Opening Hours
mon 9:30 - 15:30
tue 9:30 - 15:30
wed 9:30 - 18:00
thu 9:30 - 15:30
fri 9:30 - 15:30
sat 9:30 - 15:30
sun closed
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