American news broadcaster CNN recently featured the ‘jewel-like tower’ that is Westminster Abbey’s ‘first new structural addition in 250 years’, designed by the abbey’s official surveyor – Ptolemy Dean – as, ‘tucked away in an intersection of the 1,000-year-old building’s Gothic façade, it leads to a treasure-filled attic that has never been opened to public — until now.’
The attic space, renamed the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, was once described by poet John Betjeman as having ‘the best view in Europe.’ After five years and $30.5 million (£22.9 million), it can now be fully appreciated by visitors for the first time.
For centuries, the arcade had been used as storage room. But when permission was granted to build a new elevator, it became possible to open the space….
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