Westminster Abbey has been the location for every coronation since 1066. Today the abbey is still used for worship and important national events.
The building is a Gothic mix of many architectural styles. The present building was started in1245 and has the highest nave in Britain with enormous supporting buttresses. Henry Yevele rebuilt the nave in the fourteenth century and linked it to surrounding abbey buildings.
The octagonal Chapter House boasts a thirteenth century tiled floor. The body of Edward the Confessor lies in the shrine at St. Edwards Chapel. The abbeys West Front Towers were added in 1745 and were the work of Sir Edward Hawksmoor. The Poets Corner contains memorials to many of Britainís literary figures. The organ at Westminster Abbey is a beautifully ornate example, built in 1937 by Harrison and Harrison. The organ was restored in 1982 and is now considered to be of unparalleled clarity.
The abbey was built mainly from French limestone and sandstone from Surrey. At its highest point the abbey stands over 225 feet tall. The Abbey's formal title is The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster. The popular title "Westminster Abbey" continues to be used, even though there have been no monks there since the l6th century.