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Top 12 things to see

There is plenty to see in the Abbey, but definitely some things that you shouldn't miss during your visit. Here is a snapshot of the highlights...

1. West Window: Completed in 1894, the window tells stories from the first five books of the Bible. The panels in the bottom left show God’s Creation of Eve and Noah’s Ark. We invite you to sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of this place in the heart of a busy city.

2. Tomb of James Montagu: He asked to be buried here to encourage others to support the church. In window 2a, and on the floor, other benefactors are remembered. We value all who support the Abbey through gifts of time, legacies and donations.

3. The Pulpit: This was given in 1874 in memory of Thomas Carr, rector of the Abbey 1855-9. He was the first Bishop of Bombay, India. Sermons are preached from here.

4. The organ: The present organ was rebuilt between 1996 and 1997 by Klais of Bonn. It has 4,000 pipes ranging from 1cm to 10m tall.

5. Window Commemorating the Crowning of King Edgar: He was crowned the first king of all England, here in 973. He is known as Edgar the Peaceful. We invite you to be thankful that we live in a country at peace today.

6. The Great East Window: Completed in 1873, it tells the story of Jesus in 56 scenes. In the sanctuary beneath we celebrate the simple meal of Holy Communion, with bread and wine, reminding us of Christ’s death for us.

7. Fan Vaulted Ceiling: Created in the 1500s by the king’s master masons, the stone vaults form a beautiful fan shape to draw us up to God. The Nave ceiling is a Victorian copy, can you spot any differences? Our Tower Tours take you above the ceiling.

8. Birde’s Chantry Chapel: Built by Prior William Birde (d.1525) as a place for prayers to be chanted for his soul. It continues to be a place of quiet, reflection and prayer. We invite you to enter and be still in this holy space.

9. Gethsemane Chapel: See the rounded Norman Arch in which the window is set. The Chapel was dedicated in 1923 in memory of those who died in the First World War. We invite you to remember with us, those caught up in conflict.

10. Memorials: The Abbey has over 1,500 memorials on the floor and wall. The largest, the Waller tomb, can be found at 6a, while the oldest tablet (6b) commemorates Richard Chapman d. 1572.

11. The Font: This Victorian font, with its counter-balanced lid, is where Christians are baptised. The water in the font is a symbol of Christ washing away our wrong doings.

12. The West Front: Represents the dream of Bishop Oliver King that led him to replace the ruined Norman Cathedral with the present Abbey in 1499. Towards the top of the window is carved a dove, representing God’s Holy Spirit.