Sunday, November 25, 2018

LONDON: Around the Westminster Abbey


This is one of the places that would make your head turn once you see it from the corner of the street. More than a famous tourist attraction, I chose to see it as an architectural masterpiece, a place of prayer and worship, to be seen and enjoyed personally. At the end of the day, it depends on how you view it. If there's one thing this trip taught me, it's about learning how to appreciate architecture, to learn about the styles, who made it, and so on; the questions don't stop.


Photos aren't allowed to be taken inside, but just like with Tower of London, I took photos of the facade.


I think I'll always be in awe of the details. I wonder how long this took, considering how detailed these carvings are. Detailed, intricate, and accurate, even. It's simply amazing how people had so much time to create such things. I can imagine how much effort they placed into all these.

The Westminster Abbey is a royal church which is open to this day for services. This is usually where coronations and royal weddings are held. Much to my surprise, it was only when I stepped inside that I learned there were also tombs inside. Everywhere, actually; on the floor and on the sides. This is where kings, queens, heroes, knights, poets, soldiers, villains, and statesmen were buried. I was surprised to see Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawkings names on the floor in the Scientists' Corner.

It's considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has been standing for over a thousand years.




This portion of the walk around the Abbey was a place where I could snap a few photos! Because I think it was certainly grand:


The Abbey is a classic example of Gothic architecture. It was here when I first knew about what fan vaulted ceilings were and how beautiful they looked from way up above. Inside you can find chambers, chapels, tombs, wall paintings, glass stained windows, and cloisters. Walking around makes you feel and imagine, what kind of lives the people were living during the Medieval period. 

Despite the number of tourists while inside the Abbey, which I'm going to be completely honest about is that it's inevitable and I now understand why so many people flock to this place, the noise level wasn't apparent at all. It was rather controlled; what I heard most of were the guides who were explaining the elaborate history of the Abbey, and people listening intently and taking down notes. Notes! Who takes down notes while travelling? I think that's amazing, because writing is a lost art that needs reviving. 

There was even a portion during our walk, that when we reached the center, we were all encouraged to stay silent for a full five minutes to simply just come to prayer. That was a very peaceful and solemn moment; a moment that I thought was impossible with all the people inside, but I was proved wrong. 





I realized I didn't really take much photos of myself or take selfies.. I don't think I'm that kind of person. Even when my sister insisted to have my photos taken whenever the chance came up, I could only muster a half smile, sometimes caught off guard even haha! I love being in places that make me swoon in wonder and excitement. I don't think I'll ever be ashamed of such feelings. 

I came out feeling refreshed, amazed, and full of learning. Wherever the place, whatever it is, may it be an Abbey, Cathedral, Museum, Park, Alleyway, Street, don't be ashamed of what you don't know and instead come there to learn and be excited about it. #NoShame #NoShaming #HatersGonnaHate 

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2 comments

  1. I LOVE the precise details that were put into the entire building. The Westminster Abbey is a gorgeous church. I know I would LOVE to check this church out when I make it out to London! Glad you enjoyed your time out there!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. You must check this one out while in London!! <3 One of my favorite places there, definitely. The details are just so stunning and the overall history and feel is so grand.

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