The site of coronations, marriages, and memorial services for 1,000 years of English royalty, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminsterknown to most as Westminster Abbeyhas 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.
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.
The tomb of Isaac Newton. Newton is one of hundreds of celebrated figuresincluding scientists, writers, politicians, and military leadersfrom all walks of British life who are buried at Westminster Abbey.
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.