Newton was buried in Westminster Abbey, the seat of English Protestantism.
More than three thousand people are entombed or enshrined within Westminster Abbey.
Designed in the style of the great cathedrals of Amiens, Chartres, and Canterbury, Westminster Abbey is considered neither cathedral nor parish church.
They both passed through without setting off the alarm and continued to the abbey entrance.
Stepping across the threshold into Westminster Abbey, Langdon felt the outside world evaporate with a sudden hush.
On sunny days, the abbey floor was a prismatic patchwork of light.
Westminster Abbey was a tangled warren of mausoleums, perimeter chambers, and walk-in burial niches.
Keeping architectural tradition, the abbey was laid out in the shape of a giant crucifix.
Moreover, the abbey had a series of sprawling cloisters attached.
Without a word, Langdon led her another few steps to the center of the abbey and pointed to the right.
Sophie drew a startled breath as she looked down the length of the abbey’s nave, the full magnitude of the building now visible.
His gaze dropped from the gilded altar down to the bright crimson robe of an abbey docent who was being waved over by two very familiar individuals.
As expected, the abbey’s metal detectors had blared as the Teacher passed through with the concealed gun.
The Teacher recalled a small announcement sign he had seen on his way into the abbey.
Sophie moved directly to the sarcophagus, but Langdon hung back a few feet, keeping an eye on the abbey around them.
The garden is outside the abbey walls.
Boasting the oldest living fruit trees in Great Britain, College Garden was a popular spot for tourists to visit without having to enter the abbey.
The cloisters looked deserted now, admittedly the abbey’s least enticing section in the wind and rain.
When I saw you enter the abbey, I understood.
He made the mistake of showing his ID when he entered the abbey.
Langdon thought of Leigh Teabing and Westminster Abbey.
Langdon’s and Sophie’s eyes, like those of almost every visitor, shifted immediately skyward, where the abbey’s great abyss seemed to explode overhead.
Even so, Robert Langdon currently felt no interest in any of the abbey’s ancient history, save one event—the funeral of the British knight Sir Isaac Newton.
… honorable knight, Sir Isaac Newton… … in London in 1727 and… … his tomb in Westminster Abbey… … Alexander Pope, friend and colleague… "I guess ’modern’ is a relative term," Sophie called to Gettum.
Westminster Abbey had been a short walk, and although Teabing’s leg braces, crutches, and gun had set off the metal detector, the rent-a-cops never knew what to do.
Langdon had once visited the abbey’s famous College Garden—a small fruit orchard and herb garden—left over from the days when monks grew natural pharmacological remedies here.
He slipped the cryptex back in his pocket and watched warily as the visitors went to a nearby table, left a donation in the cup, and restocked on the complimentary grave-rubbing supplies set out by the abbey.
He had been anticipating a certain feeling of security in the popular tourist destination, but Langdon’s recollections of bustling throngs in a well-lit abbey had been formed during the peak summer tourist season.
Hurrying through the grand portico on the north transept, Langdon and Sophie were met by guards who politely ushered them through the abbey’s newest addition—a large walk-through metal detector—now present in most historic buildings in London.
Armed with fresh charcoal pencils and large sheets of heavy paper, they headed off toward the front of the abbey, probably to the popular Poets’ Corner to pay their respects to Chaucer, Tennyson, and Dickens by rubbing furiously on their graves.
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Wants to throw them out, yet tries to make us sing the Doxology like we were all in Westminster Abbey, does he?
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Westminster Abbey had had one, she knew, as had the Sagrada Familia and Saint Basil the Blessed, but they had been sealed when Portals were invented.