West Front, Westminster Abbey

London

Westminster Abbey, with its royal burial vaults and long series of monuments to celebrated men, is not unreasonably regarded by the English as their National Temple of Fame; and interment within its walls is considered the last and greatest honour which the nation can bestow on the most deserving of her offspring. The impression produced by the interior is very striking owing to the harmony of its proportions, the richness of colouring, and the beauty of the Purbeck marble columns.

The total length of the church including the chapel of Henry VII., is 513 feet ; length of the transept from north to south, is 200 feet, breadth of the aisles 75 feet, of transept 80 feet, height of the church 102 feet, of tower 225 feet. [text accompanying photograph]

Image and text scanned by Nathalie Chevalier.

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