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Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey

An abbey has stood on the site of the present Westminster Abbey since the late 10th century. A community of Benedictine monks was established here in 960 AD. King Edward the Confessor rebuilt the abbey in the Norman style beginning in 1042. Upon his death in 1065, he was buried inside the Abbey church, and stories of miracles near his tomb abounded. Edward was canonized in 1161, and pilgrims flocked to visit his tomb. In 1245, Henry III began rebuilding the Abbey in the new Gothic style. Most of the church was completed by 1517, although the iconic West Towers were an 18th century addition. Benedictine life came to an end at the abbey in the 16th century, but the church survived. Westminster Abbey continues to extend a warm welcome to worshippers, visitors and pilgrims.

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