Westminster Abbey - construction started in 1050 and spanned 8 centuries. Edward the Confessor added a stone church, known as the West Minster, to exisiting Benedictine monastery. Henry III began the rebuilding in 1245. The abbey has medieval shrine to St Edward, an Anglo-Saxon saint, at it's heart. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and has seen 16 royal weddings. As neither cathedral nor parish church, it is a "royal peculiar", answerable only to the Sovereign.