Monday, September 23, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Westminster Abbey - nave
Westminster Abbey, an architectural masterpiece with origins dating back to 960, is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. The present church, started by King Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the United Kingdom. Its iconic west towers however are an 18th-century construct by architect Nicholas Hawkmoor. Today there is new building work taking place which will be the first major addition to the Abbey since the towers were completed in 1745. In addition to its stunning architecture, the Abbey is a treasure house of paintings, stained glass, monuments, textiles, and other artifacts.

The Abbey has been the setting for every coronation since 1066 and the site of sixteen royal weddings, including the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011. The Abbey is also the final resting place of seventeen monarchs as well as notable statesmen and philanthropists, soldiers and explorer, scientists, musicians, and actors.

Join the Very Reverend Dr. John R. Hall, Dean of Westminster, for an evening exploring the architecture, events, and people that are part of the history of this magnificent Abbey.

About the Speaker
John R. Hall was appointed Dean of Westminster by the Queen of England in 2006. He is responsible to Her Majesty for the mission and ministry, maintenance and daily life of Westminster Abbey.

Presented in collaboration with The Royal Oak Foundation.

Westminster Abbey - west exterior