Sunday, January 27, 2013

London: Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's

The Abbey's western fa├žadeEngland's kings and queens have been crowned and buried at the Abbey since 1066. Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots are buried here side by side, and the Coronation Chair is amazingly intact after 1000 years. Other famous Englishmen are buried here, as well as a section known as Poet's Corner, which has burial sites for classic English writers. In the museum are effigies and clothes that the royals wore years ago. Finally is the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. 

St. Paul's Cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.  It is most notable for Princess Diana and Princess Katherine's weddings.  Since this fine church is in the heart of the city, where it was born during the Roman  times, the German army bombarded it during WWII relentlessly for two months every night.  The brave fire watch were able to keep it from destruction.  It has the second-largest dome in the world.

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