Westminster Abbey, Westminster, United Kingdom. Architect: Various, 1745.
|:||Slightly oblique view of western tower from north west. Westminster Abbey, Westminster, United Kingdom. Architect: Various, 1745.|
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|:||Westminster Abbey, Westminster, United Kingdom. Architect: Various, 1745.|
|:||The abbey is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, Construction of the present church began in 1245, on the orders of King Henry III. The first building stage included the entire eastern end, the transepts, and the easternmost bay of the nave. Construction was largely finished by the architect Henry Yevele in the reign of Richard II. It suffered damage during the turbulent 1640s, when it was attacked by Puritan iconoclasts, but was again protected by its close ties to the state during the Commonwealth period. The abbey's two western towers were built between 1722 and 1745 by Nicholas Hawksmoor, constructed from Portland stone to an early example of a Gothic Revival design. Westminster suffered minor damage during the Blitz on 15 November 1940. Then on 10/11 May 1941, the Westminster Abbey precincts and roof were hit by incendiary bombs. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey. There have been 16 royal weddings at the abbey since 1100. As the burial site of more than 3,300 persons, usually of prominence in British history (including at least sixteen monarchs, eight Prime Ministers, poets laureate, actors, scientists, military leaders, and the Unknown Warrior), Westminster Abbey is sometimes described as 'Britain's Valhalla'. Grade I listed|
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