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Westminster Abbey

So…

Today started off well since Tuesdays are ‘late-start’ days: we usually have an afternoon tour, which means we all get to wake up late and take our time getting ready. For brunch I had Honey Cheerios (one of my favorite cereals) with whole milk, followed by a cup of Twinings “Warming Camomile and Spiced Apple” Tea with 2 teaspoons of honey.

Brunch!

Brunch!

would you like a cup of tea?

would you like a cup of tea?

the braids stayed!

the braids stayed!

what a great sign!

what a great sign! (insert sarcasm)

This was our next (and last) tour of the week, and as a class we were headed off to Westminster Abbey. Because it is still being used as a church, there were places inside where photography was prohibited, but overall I was able to take several good photos.

view of the Abbey from the tube station

view of the Abbey from the tube station

welcome!

welcome!

Big Ben (and the London Eye in the background)

Big Ben (and the London Eye in the background)

House of Parliament

House of Parliament

schedule of services

schedule of services

While waiting for everyone to arrive, some of us decided to buy snacks from one of the food stalls by the Abbey. I really am loving the sea salt flavored chips…sorry, crisps here in London! 

food stall

food stall

sea salt crisps and hot chocolate

sea salt crisps and hot chocolate

Notsile's "hotdog in a bun"

Notsile’s “hotdog in a bun”

The tour started with us meeting Isabelle, our official WA tour guide for the day, by the Western Towers.

Western Towers

Western Towers

Statues of the Modern Martyrs

Statues of the Modern Martyrs

When we entered the Abbey I was hard pressed not to take pictures – the interior is so beautiful! I can tell that it’s a compilation of several different architecture types – the ceilings are too high not to be gothic. One of my favorite places was the College Garden, where the monks used to grow food – it’s considered to be one of (if not the) oldest Abbey gardens in the United Kingdom!

interior North wing

interior North wing

St. Catherine's Chapel Garden

St. Catherine’s Chapel Garden

College Garden

College Garden

Chapel of St. Catherine

Chapel of St. Catherine

entrance to the chapel garden

entrance to the chapel garden

beautiful interior...

beautiful interior…

The Chapel House was also another picturesque place to visit, for it contained authentic stained glass windows and tapestries from back when the Abbey was still in full glory. Isabelle (the tour guide) isn’t actually sure if this is Britain’s oldest door, but is definitely up there in age!

Britain's oldest door

Britain’s oldest door

Chapel House stained glass windows

Chapel House stained glass windows

Chapel House medieval floor tiles

Chapel House medieval floor tiles

entrance to the Church

entrance to the Church

no photos from here on out!

no photos from here on out!

Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos once we entered the Church portion (which is understandable), but we did see the actual Coronation Chair used by the monarchs, and several plaques dedicated to famous Britons like Shakespeare, and even females like Mary Shelley!

Pyx Chamber

Pyx Chamber

interior of the Pyx Chamber

interior of the Pyx Chamber

Before leaving the Abbey I managed to take photos of several of the ‘modern martyrs’, as well as the statues of four allegorical figures. These four figures represent the values of truth, justice, mercy, and peace – values for which the martyrs were said to have died for.

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, Jr.

L-R: Truth, Justice

L-R: Truth, Justice

L-R: Mercy, Peace

L-R: Mercy, Peace

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The Abbey is beautiful and I can definitely see the reason why Prince William and Catherine chose to be wed at this location! 

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