Lego’s Westminster Abbey

London’s magnificent Westminster Abbey, site of the royal wedding, is so impressive that Danish toy maker Lego absolutely had to produce a giant copy.

A young boy takes a peek inside Lego’s Westminster Abbey AFP


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Lego’s Westminster Abbey

Friday’s royal wedding ceremony will take place in London’s magnificent Westminster Abbey. The setting is so impressive that you just knew the Danish construction toy maker Lego would have to produce a giant replica.

Indeed that has happened. Lego’s Westminster Abbey will be officially unveiled at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, on April 28. The media has been full of sneak peeks, however, so we know exactly what it will look like.

The Lego replica model of the wedding ceremony between Prince William and Kate Middleton is made of 180,000 bricks and, beside the bride and groom, it has a congregation of nearly 400 figurines.

The impressive 1 x 2.5m model took its four builders eight weeks to construct. It weighs over 60 kg.

The Lego Westminster Abbey has nearly 1,000 arches and all of the windows are made of transparent bricks and they look much like the spectacular stained glass of the original.

Adapted and expanded from an AFP story.

peek – to look at something quickly (and often secretly because you should not be looking at it) แอบดู, แอบมอง, ลอบมอง
abbey – a large church together with a group of buildings in which monks or nuns live or lived in the past มหาวิหาร, โบสถ์ใหญ่, วัด
wedding ceremony – a wedding service, usually religious, in which two people are officially married พิธีแต่งงาน
magnificent – very good, beautiful or deserving to be admired สง่างาม, ดีเลิศ, หรูหราฟู่ฟ่า
setting – the place where someone or something is, and all the things, people, or emotions that are part of that place สภาพแวดล้อม,
impressive – something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
construction – the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
replica – an accurate copy of something งานศิลปะที่จำลองจากของจริง, ของจำลอง
unveil – to announce or show something officially for the first time  เปิดเผย
museum – a building where objects of historical, scientific or artistic interest are kept พิพิธภัณฑ์
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
sneak peek – a short preview (early look) of something, usually a video clip of a movie that is about to be released, to create interest
bride – the woman at a wedding who is getting married เจ้าสาว
groom – to prepare someone for a particular job or activity by giving them special training and attention เตรียมการ, เตรียมตัว
congregation – a group of people who are gathered together in a church to worship or attend a ceremony คริสต์ศาสนิกชนที่ชุมนุมกันในโบสถ์
figurine – a small statue or model of a person or an animal รูปแกะสลักเล็ก ๆ , รูปประดับเล็ก ๆ
arch – a curved structure at the top of a door, window, or gate โครงสร้างที่มีรูปโค้ง
transparent – allowing you to see through it  ที่มองผ่านได้ง่าย
spectacular – very exciting to look at; extremely impressive น่าตื่นเต้น ที่ตระการตา
stained glass – pieces of coloured glass that are put together to make windows, especially in churches กระจกหุง
original – existing at the beginning of a particular period, process or activity เดิม, ซึ่งเป็นแบบฉบับ

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