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Westminster Abbey | by Rocco Buttliere
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Westminster Abbey

Though it is thought to have been founded as early as 960, construction of the current Gothic abbey started during the reign of Henry III and lasted from 1245 to 1517. The only architect/master mason credited with the construction during this period is Henry de Yevele, who was largely responsible for finishing construction during the reign of Richard II. It wasn't until the early eighteenth century that the visionary urban planner Sir Christopher Wren proposed that the Abbey be completed with the addition of the towers at the front of the nave. Surveyor Nicholas Hawksmoor and his successor John James oversaw much of the work for this final phase, and the project was finally completed in 1745, more than five centuries after construction of King Henry III's Abbey commenced.

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Taken on July 10, 2017