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  • History

    Westminster Abbey is a treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and artefacts – and is also where some significant people are buried or commemorated.

    Art Architecture Christianity Notable people Royalty

  • Retable

    The Westminster Retable is England's oldest altarpiece. It is acknowledged to be amongst the most important surviving examples of panel painting from 13th century England.

  • Icons at Westminster Abbey

    Two icons were dedicated in the nave in 1994. You can see them displayed on pillars not far from the grave of the Unknown Warrior.

  • Wall paintings

    Our most important wall paintings are from the late 13th century, and include the figures of St Faith, Christ with St Thomas, and St Christopher.

  • Cosmati Pavement

    The Cosmati Pavement was laid down in 1268 by order of Henry III who had started re-building the Abbey in the new Gothic style.

  • Oil paintings

    Several interesting oil paintings hang within Westminster Abbey or form part of its decoration. Most have been presented to the Abbey.

  • Misericords

    The word misericord comes from the Latin misericordia, meaning pity or mercy. These hinged oak seats in the chapel tip up to form a ledge.

  • The Queen’s Window

    David Hockney’s stained glass window for Westminster Abbey, The Queen’s Window, is a vibrantly-coloured contemporary work commissioned to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Stained Glass

    Westminster Abbey has very little medieval glass now remaining but there are good examples of glass from the 18th century to the present day.

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Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Chapter Office
Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
SW1P 3PA +44(0)20 7222 5152 [email protected]

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