The National Cathedral recently received the encouragement of a generous gift from Westminster Abbey in London, an uniquely historic house of worship that most recently made headlines as the site of the “royal wedding.” The Abbey was founded in 960 by Benedictine monks, rebuilt in 1065 by Edward the Confessor, and grandly remodeled by Henry iii around Edward’s shrine. Almost every English coronation has taken place there since 1066.

The Abbey today, which served as a great inspiration to the founders of Washington National Cathedral, seeks to be a place of “welcome, wonder, and worship” for the country that it serves. Its gift to the Cathedral highlights the common bond between the two great houses of worship in light of their similar role, and it recognizes the need to preserve these irreplaceable buildings for the use of future generations.