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Monday, 22 February 2010

Westminster Abbey

The Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, or commonly known as the Westminster Abbey is the most important commemoration site for the British royalty, England's notable statesmen and artistic idols. Nearly every English king and queen since William I has been crowned in Westminster, with no exception of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953. Out of all the rulers of England, 18 are buried here together with some of the nation's political idols and poets.




Visiting the Westminster Abbey is not free of charge. It set my wallet back by £15.




Above the arch of each entrance are statues of the saints, similar to most of the cathedrals and churches I visited around Europe.




Photography is not allowed inside the building, so I could only shoot pictures of the internal courtyard.




The internal courtyard was where I could see the flying buttresses supporting the main building.




After I have made one round through the small chapels, tombs and monuments inside the building, I decided to get out of it as it was very crowded. As one of the most visited churches around the world, I somewhat expected the crowd but it was intolerably busy. That was beyond my expectation! The church is arguably more impressive from outside than within.






3 comments:

Ruey said...

I dunno about you CK but I always leave Westminster thinking that it's rather over-rated.:P

CK Ng said...

Hey Ruey, I think you are quite right. I have seen better churches and cathedrals around Europe. Furthermore, they allow non-flash photography!

Laura Hegfield said...

beautiful shots!

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