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St. Magnus The Martyr, London

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  • The church is located in Lower Thames Street, near the Monument to the Great Fire of London and dedicated to St Magnus, The Martyr, Earl of Orkney. This is a church of England Church and parish within...  more »
  • If you have time to visit just four churches in London then I would recommend St Silas The Martyr in Kentish Town, Westminster Abbey, St Mary's Bourne Street in Pimlico and this extraordinary gem, by ...  more »
  • Great hidden church, surrounded by buildings and building sites. The Church was part of the old London Bridge and seems to have been burnt many times in its life. I loved the pillar tops and all the b...  more »
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  • Wonderful. It would be a pleasure to worship and confer with verger or wardens. Attend a service to actually enjoy the divine peace.
  • St Magnus, one of the first churches destroyed by the Great Fire and one of Wren's finest re-builds thereafter. Packed from floor to ceiling with memorials, altars, fine woodwork and stained glass. London-for-free doesn't get better than this!
  • T S Eliot makes a reference to the church in 'The Waste Land' and if you visit on a Sunday afternoon shortly after Mass and see the gilded pillars glint through the wisps of incense, you can begin to understand what he meant. This is one of the few City churches open outside of services during the week (according to the church website, it is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm but the church advises visitors to check in advance), and it is well worth the visit, especially combined with climbing the Monument. The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren as the original building was one of the first to be destroyed in the Great Fire. There is a scale model of London Bridge which reminds visitors of the central role the church played before the new bridge was opened in 1831 - St Magnus lay on the alignment of the original bridge and was seen as the gateway to London from Southwark for 600 years. You still get a sense of the road millions of feet have trod from the picturesque pathway under the tower. The church is known for its bells, whose characteristic peal can be heard every Sunday following the service. There are very helpful sections on the church's long history on their website and there is also an extensive entry on Wikipedia. All in all, St Magnus is a microcosm of the history of London itself and continues to have a vibrant spiritual life
  • After climbing up the 311 stairs of Sir Christopher Wren's monument to the Great Fire of London, then going down to the church he designed..St. Magnus the Martyr is a "must see" You will not be disappointed this is a lovely no really really lovely church with so many features you cannot possibly take it all in during one visit. The design, the interiors and stained glass windows. I actually passed through at lunch time and there was a small service going on to the left hand side of the church. I found this quite spiritually uplifting, obviously I took some photos which I hope was not indiscreet but had to sit listen and I felt a certain tranquillity and peace which I really enjoyed. Very interesting is a small blue plaque in the courtyard, took a photo of but says. "This Churchyard formed part of the roadway approach to the old London Bridge 1176 -1831" Now that is what I call a real part of London history. Sincerely adore this church and is on my "must return" list.
  • Saint Magnus The Martyr, Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6DN, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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