There are many iconic symbols of this great city; Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the red double-decker buses; just to name a few. Westminster Abbey is one of those iconic symbols. The formal name is "The Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster" ( because of ancient legends stating that St. Peter performed miracles on this site) and it is one of the most important religious buildings in the UK. Also, it is the traditional place for coronations and burials for British monarchs. Documents indicate that the first church was built on this site in the 7th century and coronations of British monarchs have been held here since 1066. Construction of the present building began in 1245 upon the orders of King Henry III. Since the year 1100, sixteen Royal weddings have taken place in Westminster Abbey. The two western towers of the Abbey were built between 1722 and 1745. Part of the whole complex includes the Westminster School located in the Dean's Yard to the right of the main entrance. Since the beginning of the 19th century, Westminster Abbey has been ranked the third seat of learning in England, after Oxford and Cambridge Universities. During World War II, the church suffered minor damage from German attacks on London. Of all the places that we have toured on this trip, Westminister Abbey is by far the most impressive. It acknowledges within its walls every significant achievement of English history, science, literature, medicine, and the succession of monarchs. This should be a "must see" on every travelers bucket list.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.