Painting of the north side of Westminster Abbey, circa 1820

Our history

As well as being a place of worship, Westminster Abbey has become a treasure house of artefacts. This is also where some of the most significant people in Britain's history are buried or commemorated.

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An illustration of Edward VII sitting on the Coronation Chair. The Archbishop of Canterbury is placing the crown upon his head.

The Coronation church since 1066

Forty monarchs have been crowned in the Abbey since 1066. Find out more about the history of coronations, the objects and spaces used during the ceremony, and the kings and queens involved.

Coronations at the Abbey

Royalty and famous people

More than 3,300 people are buried and many others commemorated at Westminster Abbey. This has also been the setting for every coronation since 1066, and for many other royal occasions, including 16 weddings.



Although Westminster Abbey was founded in 960AD, the building we see today dates from the reign of Henry III in the 13th century.

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Abbey in Wartime

The Abbey suffered damage during World War Two, but daily worship continued.

How the Abbey survived

The Royal Air Force Chapel

A chapel dedicated to the men of the Royal Air Force who died in the Battle of Britain.

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