Westminster Abbey Photo Gallery

 
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The site of coronations, marriages, and memorial services for 1,000 years of English royalty, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster—known to most as Westminster Abbey—has a long and storied history. William, the Norman conqueror, was crowned King of England at the Abbey in 1066, and the Abbey's first royal wedding, between England's King Henry I and Mathilda of Scotland, took place in the year 1100. This year, the Abbey hosts its 16th royal wedding, between Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton.  
Credit: Jose and Roxanne/Flickr 
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Completed in 1745, the now iconic west towers are actually among the newest features of Wesminster Abbey. The towers were designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor in the Gothic Revival style popular in England in the 18th century.  
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The tomb of Isaac Newton. Newton is one of hundreds of celebrated figures—including scientists, writers, politicians, and military leaders—from all walks of British life who are buried at Westminster Abbey.  
Credit: Herry Lawford/Flickr 
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The Abbey's dramatic north façade exemplifies the Gothic design and construction for which this architectural marvel is famous.  
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The Gallery of 20th Century Martyrs was added above the Great West Door in 1998 to commemorate contemporary leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., who met tragic ends working for social justice.  
Credit: Andrea Schaffer/Flickr 
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William Shakespeare is one among scores of celebrated English authors, poets, and playwrights interred in the Abbey's famous Poet's Corner. Others inlucde Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, William Blake, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and Jane Austen.  
Credit: Armstrong White/Flickr 
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A view of the nave, approaching the altar from the West entrance.  
Credit: Herry Lawford/Flickr 
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A sculpture of the Maddona and child in front of the Great West Door.  
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Details, such as these ornate Gothic butresses, exemplify the impeccable craftsmanship that created Westminster Abbey.  
Credit: Peter Rivera/Flickr 
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Found throughout the Abbey, gargoyles like this one are characteristic of the Gothic architectural style.  
Credit: Jon Worth/Flickr 
 
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