Westminster Abbey, the gothic church, stands in the heart of modern London overlooking the River Thames and Houses of Parliament. It started as a small monastery(修道院), （1）_______ (found) in t
he year 960 by King Edgar, but soon became one of the most important churches in the kingdom. King Edgar was the first monarch（2）_______ (bury) there in 1065. In the mid 13th Century, King Henry III decided to rebuild it as a great gothic cathedral to rival（与. . . . . .相匹敌） （3） _______ in France. All monarchs have been crowned there（ 4） _______ William the Conqueror in 1066, and many monarchs have married in the Abbey, （ 5） _______(recently) Prince William and Catherine Middleton. But Westminster Abbey isn’t just about royalty. Many of the greatest people in British history are buried or commemorated there—artists, scientists, thinkers—there isn’t even a “poet’s corner” built up（6）_______ the grave of 14th-century poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Westminster Abbey tells the story of ordinary British people too. Parts of the Abbey were destroyed in booming raids（空袭）during World War II（ 7） _______ services went on throughout the war. On May 8, 1945, the V-E(Victory in Europe)Day, a thanksgiving service was held there. Westminster Abbey stood for courage and British spirit. （8）_______ _______ you are not a Christian, it is impossible not to feel a sense of something otherworldly(超脱尘俗地) when you enter Westminster Abbey—and that goes for tourists, ordinary Londoners, or students getting ready for another Friday at school.
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