Westminster Abbey

Westminster AbbeyNo visit to the Westminster Abbey would be complete without knowing a bit about the history.

A shrine was initially erected in 616 AD because a fisher man saw a vision of St. Peter on the Thames River at that site. The stone Abbey was built around 1045-1050 by King Edward the Confessor, who chose the site for his burial. The King was buried there a week after the building was consecrated.

The Abbey became the coronation site of the Norman kings and another king buried there was King Henry III. Additions were made to the building between 1275 and 1517. The Abbey’s two western towers were built between 1722 and 1745. In the 1800s, the first third of the King James Bible Old Testament and the last half of the New Testament were translated there.

The Abbey was the site of numerous coronations as well as the burials of King Henry III and many aristocrats, poets and monks.

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