Westminster Abbey is a large Gothic style church, located in Central London, near the Houses of Parliament. Its official name is the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster. Benedictine monksestablished a daily worship at the site in the middle of the tenth century. Around 1042, King Edward the Confessor began the building of a royal burial church on the Westminster Abbey site. Edward died in 1066 and was buried at the church, although the building wasn't completed until 1090. The current abbey was built between 1245 and 1272, by order of King Henry III, who chose the site for his royal burial. Henry III had the old church demolished to make way for the new abbey.
Westminster Abbey is an architectural masterpiece with over a thousand years of history. Around 1560, it wasdesignated a 'Royal Peculiar' which means it is responsible directly to the Sovereign. The Abbey is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but is still dedicated to the practice of regular worship and tothe celebration of significant national events.
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, when William the Conqueror was crowned King. Since then the coronation of nearly every English and British sovereign - except Edward V and Edward VIII - has been held at Westminster Abbey. The most recent coronation was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's on 2 June 1953. The famous coronation throne, the King Edward's Chair, has been housed within the Abbey since 1308. There have been 16 royal weddings at Westminster Abbey, the first in 1100, when King Henry I of England married Matildaof Scotland. The latest royal wedding held at Westminster Abbey was in April 2011, when Prince William married Kate Middleton.
Many kings and queens are buried at Westminster Abbey, along with over 3,000 famous figures, including Charles Dickens, Sir Isaac Newton, David Livingstone and Charles Darwin. Geoffrey Chaucer was the first person to be buried in Poets' Corner in the south transept.
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