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Westminster Abbey, England

From series “The Most Iconic Temples in the World”
Year: 13th century. Lenght: 156.5 meters. Height: 31 meters.

One of the most remarkable monuments of medieval architecture in the world is in London. The construction of the abbey of Westmünster was begun in the 13th century. The fact that the buildings of the monastery, which had been vacant since the 16th century, have survived to the present seems simply unbelievable. Many elements of the great complex have remained unchanged for more than seven centuries. The monastery church has completely preserved its original form. This is a typical example of Gothic architecture. A part of the old building was put at the disposal of the college, which is now in the abbey.

Westminster Abbey, England The formation of the huge architectural complex has lasted several centuries. The length of the complex is 156.5 meters, and the height of the central boat - 31 meters. The permanent formation and correction of the architectural elements lasted until 1745, long after the closure of the monastery. The Abbey has been serving as a place for ceremonial ceremonies, including the coronation of the British monarchs, for several centuries.

In the abbey, the tombs of many outstanding men and artists, including Edward I and Henry VII, as well as the outstanding poet Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens are located. The history of the founding of the abbey of Westmünster begins in 1042, when Edward the Confessor founded the first monastery on the site of the old half-destroyed churches. The crypt of the confessor is still regarded today as one of the main symbols of the Abbey. Since the 13th century, all the kings of England have actively participated in the expansion of the monastery and the perfection of its exterior. Next - Notre-Dame de Paris

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St James Serviced Apartments

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Each self-catering apartment at St James features a kitchen, a bathroom, a dining area, and contemporary décor. Apartments vary from 1 to 3 … More: photo, rates and booking
West End Apartments

Located in 1 km from Westminster Abbey
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Each West End Apartment studio and apartment has modern décor with wooden floors and colourful finishes. There is a living area with a sofa, and … More: photo, rates and booking
YHA London St Paul's

Located in 2 km from Westminster Abbey
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The majority of rooms at this YHA hostel contain bunk beds, and all rooms share bathroom facilities. A library, TV lounge and games room are … More: photo, rates and booking
YHA London St Pancras

Located in 3 km from Westminster Abbey
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Rooms: 40
The London Eye is 2 miles from YHA London St Pancras. The British Museum is a mile away, and the world-famous shops of Oxford Street can be reached … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Westminster Abbey - London

A high-class designer hotel, The Soho Hotel is an unalterable symbol of London. The project of the new hotel was developed by Kit Kemp – an internationally acclaimed self-taught designer, whose talent has made her popular in different parts of the world. The décor of The Soho is considered one of the best works of the designer. Travelers are welcome to stay in one of 90 guest rooms, the design of each of which is individual and different.

Travelers, who cannot imagine a vacation without visiting interesting events, will enjoy their stay at The Wellesley . The historic hotel has been serving its guests for nearly a century. Its stylish Jazz Lounge is a traditional venue for performances of popular musicians and classical music performers. Interesting art exhibitions and presentations take place nearly every week in the lounge. The historic hotel is well-known among fans of premium cigars. The largest humidor in Europe is located at this hotel. At any time of the day, guests of the hotel can visit one of the magnificent cigar lounges and enjoy the elite sorts of tobacco brought from different parts of the world.
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