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Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral in London

The peculiar Westminster Cathedral is recognizable among all religious temples in London. It is located close to Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Cathedral is the church of the Archdiocese of Westminster and the most important church of Catholicism in England and Wales. Many confuse the Cathedral to Westminster Abbey, although the other one belongs to the Anglican Church.

The area in which this great cathedral is located was an area where there was a prison, whose property was acquired in 1884 by the Catholic Church. Eleven years later, in 1895, they laid the foundation stone of the temple that would be the main Catholic church in Britain.

Responsible for the architecture of this temple was the neo-Byzantine architect John Francis Bentley, who toured the Mediterranean collecting ideas from different churches and religious buildings.

The different looks presented by this cathedral is far different from what we are used to see in London.

The main reason for this distinct architecture is because the cardinal wanted the cathedral not resembled the nearby Westminster Abbey. We wanted something different.

The facade is built with red brick and Portland stone. The element that stands out is the high belfry of St. Edward that reaches 83 meters high.

The interior has more than hundred different kinds of marble, forming the spectacular decor and carved columns. The eleven chapels and vaults of the shrine are covered with beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

The Cathedral Choir is internationally known as one of the best in the world.

Additional information

Location
42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW
Visiting Hours
Monday to Friday from 7am h to 7:45pm
Saturday 8am to 7pm
Sundays from 7am to 7:45pm
Transport
Metro : Victoria Station.
Bus : Lines 11, 24, 148, 507 and 211
Contact
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7798 9055
Website: http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk

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