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15. LONDON Chapter House of Westminster Abbey

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The Chapter House is managed by English Heritage

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: The entrance from the cloisters to the Chapter House which was built in 1250 by the royal masons. The chapter house of Westminster Abbey was originally used by Benedictine monks in the 13th century for their daily meetings. Later it was used as a meeting place for the King's Great Council and Commons, the predecessors of today's Westminster Parliament.

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: The magnificent vaulting supporting the roof of the Chapter House. It is a beautiful octagonal building with an elaborately fan vaulted ceiling.

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: The remarkably survived medieval wall paintings.

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: The medieval wall paintings

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: Some of windows in the octagonal shaped building

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: Some of the medieval glazed tiles plus some modern replacements

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: The intricate patterns of the medieval glazed tiles common in the monasteries and abbeys.

 

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: Non of the medieval glass panels have survived and even the Victorian stained glass windows were badly damaged in WWII, so what you see is the work by Joan Howson using as much of the Victorian glass as possible.

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House:

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: Stained-painted glass panels

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: Coats of arms of people associated with the chapter house from the 13th to the 19th century.

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House:

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: Coats of arms of people associated with the chapter house from the 13th to the 19th century.

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House:

 

Westminster Abbey Chapter House: Coats of arms of people associated with the chapter house from the 13th to the 19th century.

 

See also the Westminster Abbey itself

 

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