I read Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn (Part 1) and Red Rackham’s Treasure (above Part 2) when I was in standard three. Since, then I have read and re-read each of the above twenty books, so many times that I have lost count. What Tintin means to me and how much of an influence he is today in my life, is a matter of another discussion altogether. But, what I caught onto from these lines was the Westminster Abbey . I was young, but I wanted to see the world. And today, when I finally got the chance to see Westminster Abbey , guess who was in my backpack :Tintin and his friends esp. Captain Haddock. 😛 .
Horse Guards Parade connects Trafalgar Square to Parliament and WestMinster Abbey. The walls of this church has British royal history sealed within it. From marriages to funerals to christenings every occasion has been marked here except Lady Diana’s Marriage which took place in St Paul’s Cathedral Church. The first look of WestMinster abbey was a huge church building and I was unsure of how to get a good shot. Finally I managed something.
The church was founded as early as 960 AD. Since, then it has stood the test of time, the wars, the revolutions, the progress in society and developments in science and technology. With each passing age, it has only strengthened its foothold as a sentinel of British History. Deemed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Westminster Abbey is protected from interior photography by preventing any images to be clicked by the visitors.
This was one fact that I was not familiar with. In fact, no photography coupled with entry prices, made me take a decision of not entering the church itself. But, I do have some photographs of the exterior architecture of this beautiful church.
These are some photos taken by tourist
While reading up on the church, I discovered that the official website of the church does provide downloadable images that can be put to personal use. Thus, here are some images of the interiors of the church courtesy © Dean and Chapter of Westminster.
Some Additional Information:
Address: 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri : 9:30 am- 3:30 pm
Wed: 9:30 am – 6 pm ; Sat: 9:30 am -1:30 pm
Entry Fees: There are different entry charges depending on whether you are an adult, a child, a student etc. It is best to book tickets online through their official website: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/visit-us/entry-charges
Additional Information: PHOTOGRAPHY NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE CHURCH.