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Interior of the chapel - taken from Cassell's The British Isles (1905)

The Henry VII Lady Chapel, now more often known just as the Henry VII Chapel, is a large Lady chapel at the far eastern end of Westminster Abbeymarker built in the Perpendicular Gothic style. It is separated from the rest of the abbey by brass gates and a flight of stairs.

The Chapel was built in 1503 by the architect and statesman Sir Reginald Bray, one of Henry VII's closest advisors. Henry VII was buried in the Chapel on his death in 1509 in a tomb designed by the Florentinemarker sculptor Pietro Torrigiano, although the chapel was originally intended for Henry VI. Alternative plans for the tomb were submitted by Guido Mazzoni, then working on a French royal tomb in Paris. The tomb is one of the first examples of Italian Renaissance style in Britain, and the chapel itself is one of the best examples of Perpendicular Period architecture.

The chapel is also the mother church of the Order of the Bath, and the banners of members hang above the stalls.

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