Holy Trinity Church on the banks of the river Avon in Stratford upon Avon, UK.  The grave of playright William Shakespeare is in the church.

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Holy Trinity Church


The final resting place of the Bard, where he was also baptised and where he worshipped, is said to be the most visited parish church in England. Inside are handsome 16th- and 17th-century tombs (particularly in the Clopton Chapel), some fabulous carvings on the choir stalls and, of course, the grave of William Shakespeare, with its ominous epitaph: 'cvrst be he yt moves my bones'.

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