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21 June 2005:  The "Great West Door."  From

"Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle
of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.

The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present church,
begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon
saint still at its heart.

A treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artifacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where
some of the most significant people in the nation's history are buried or commemorated. Taken as a whole the tombs and memorials
comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom."

The original abbey was founded by King Edward the Confessor and dedicated in 1065.