Sep 19, 2011

London Diaries(6) :Westminister Abbey

Westminister Abbey ... An ancient church steeped in history ... A place of Royal coronations and burials and most recently the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Most of the people who go to Westminster, just look at the whole Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminister Abbey Trafalgar square bit from a tourist bus and content themselves by clicking a few snaps from the outside. But if you are a lover of architecture and history, Westminster Abbey is something you should not miss.

It’s truly an architectural masterpiece. The marvelous gothic architecture, the breathtaking sculptures, the carvings, the high vaulted Roof, the magnificent altar and the beautiful stained glass windows all come together to lend it a almost hallowed beauty. Westminster Abbey is a working church and services are still held every day. Inspire of the multitude of tourists walking about, everything was very hushed and peaceful. As I walked around the Abbey,an unbelievable sense of tranquality stole over me. I sat down for a few minutes near the high altar  and in those few minutes of quietude I felt a lot more serene than I have felt in a long time.

Apart from the obvious architectural magnificence, another thing that had attracted me to the Abbey was the poets” corner -A corner in the Abby that contains burials and memorials of many British poets such as Chaucer, Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Masefield, William Camden, , Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy are also buried here. Charles Dickens John Milton, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Burns, William Blake, T.S. Eliot Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, etc.

Unfortunately taking pictures is not allowed inside the Abbey – I was bitterly disappointed as I would have wanted nothing more than to capture the magnificence of what I was viewing on my camera.

Here are a few of the pics I clicked of the outside 
 




8 comments:

  1. It is very imposing...did you see the cloisters inside? Btw, the Will-Kate wedding did not take place in the abbey......or did it?

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  2. @jayanti - I did see the cloisters - impressive ! Yes the will kate wedding did take place at the abbey - they have a whole room devoted to the wedding photographs there !

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  3. Awesomeness. I've never been anywhere there...but as I read your post, I had vivid details and images crossing through my mind -- thanks to Dan Brown, I guess :D

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  4. It is beautiful is it not .. made so beautiful. I loved it when i went there ...

    Bikram's

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  5. yeah...they are amazing architecture..I've always loved it, but it's always crowded right?

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  6. @Scorpia yes its aswesome .. I never thought of dan brown when i was there - though I knwo what u mean now !
    @Vaish - wasnt so crowded - maybe coz i went in late afternoon. It is awesome tho !
    @Bikram - absolutely beautiful !

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  7. I loved the Poet's corner - makes you appreciate England's immense contribution to the world of Art and Science.

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