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All Hallows Barking-by-the-Tower, London
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See ancient artifacts at All Hallows Barking-by-the-Tower, one of the city's oldest churches. Founded in 675 by the Saxon Abbey at Barking, the structure contains the arch of the original Saxon church. Made with recycled Roman tiles, the 7th-century arch predates any other surviving piece of church material. Visit the crypt museum underneath the church, which features religious and historical artifacts, including an ancient Roman road. Walk through the church's cemetery, where several people beheaded at the Tower of London are buried, including Thomas More, Bishop John Fisher, and Archbishop Laud. Take a guided tour to learn more about the church's history, or download an audio tour before your visit. Use our London trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to All Hallows Barking-by-the-Tower and other attractions in London.
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  • After visiting the Monument, we strolled and accidently came upon this church, which is the oldest church in London and still in service. It was founded by the Saxon Abbey of Barking in 675AD and an a...  more »
  • Surprisingly, this is the oldest church in London and survived in the great fire of London 17 century, and under the bombs of the second world war. When I came out of the Tower Hill tube station, to go toward the Tower, the Church was on the right side. Architecture seemed non-standard for London, reminded rather temples in Scandinavia or the Baltic region. However, the Cathedral successfully blended into a modern business district, the Spire is beautifully reflected in the glass walls of the buildings in the neighborhood. In the church you can go inside, I advise to pay attention to the sooty antique wall and Arch even from Saxon times. These are part of the building that remained intact from the ancient Cathedral. It takes Dungeon Museum (descent into it just through the Saxon arch), which contains different artifacts-from London the times of the Roman Empire to the cherepkov vases and from the excavations. Even here you can listen to free agency. The main thing is to be in the Church at lunchtime on Thursday, concert starts at 13:10 and lasts up to two days.
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  • My wife and I stopped by this church as we wanted to see what it was like to be in the oldest church in London (675 A.D.) Although it was just a quick look around it's still fascinating to see the arc...  more »