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Westminster Cathedral, London
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Admire classic 19th-century Neo-Byzantine architecture at Westminster Cathedral. Located in the heart of London, the cathedral holds the title for the oldest Catholic church in England and Wales. Wander through the main sanctuary and surrounding chapels to enjoy ornate mosaics and marble furnishings free of charge. For a small fee, you can climb the cathedral’s high tower for sprawling views of the city. Visit during a service for awe-inspiring organ music and choral performances. For Westminster Cathedral and beyond, use our London travel itinerary maker to get the most from your London vacation.
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  • The cathedral of Westminster is well worth a visit if not to pray it a very peaceful place to meditate for a few moments. It very welcoming not have to pay a fee to enter the house of God 
  • The great thing about this cathedral is the gold mosaic work in the chapels. It is certainly worth a visit. 
  • The Byzantine (to hasten the construction and reduce the cost) style seems a little incongruous, to as much as a whole new ultra modern shopping centre is located around. But open the door and you'll see very beautiful mosaics a christ Pantocrator and a variety of polychrome marbles. The fervour of the faithful (rare) enriches the place, where rests the Holy martyr St John southworth, whose history deserves to be known. Imprisoned for 20 years, sentenced to death twice, eventually hanged, then drowned, finally quartered in 1654 by the anglicans, his remains acquired and restored by the Ambassador of Spain he was buried in Douai. The French revolution defeated, his coffin was found during earthworks and eventually joined the Cathedral in 1930... He was canonized in 1970. It is one of the forty martyrs of England and Scotland.
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  • Westminster Catholic Cathedral is not as old as one might think but it doesn't mean that is less grand, special and holy. I love it. For years Cathedral was my local church which I cherish. The entrence is FREE unlike to it's neighbours. Always very quiet with plenty of places for a prayer and several masses all day round with the late afternoon sung (Choir). And there are confessions all day, too. Cathedral has a tower which will take you 64m above the ground for only £6 and a little shop selling rosaries, books, crosses, postcards and other things. AND THERE IS A BOX WHICH COLLECT MONEY VOLUNTARY FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE CATHEDRAL.
  • It does not look like much from the outside, being fairly modern (c 1905) and built of bricks, but once you go inside and see the decoration in the chapels and at the main altar, you will be impressed. There is at least one Saint in this Cathedral in a side chapel, and the scale of the building will also impress. Very much worth a visit, and a voluntary contribution to the upkeep will go a long way to securing your place in the afterlife!! There is a manned information point just inside the front door, and I believe you can also pay to go up the tower for a great view of the most central area of Central London.The cafe in the crypt is rubbish though, so don't expect anything special from the very ordinary offerings in there.
  • We marvelled at the beauty and serenity of this magnificent cathedral. Wonderful new mosaics with a reminiscence of Byzantine style decorate the interior. Definitely worthwhile visiting!
  • Grade I Listed Neo-Byzantium Catholic Cathedral consecrated in 1910 with a distinctive exterior of banded red brickwork and Portland stone and an imposing campanile. The massive and understated interior is clad in marble and mosaics.
  • Properly titled "The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ," but better known as Westminster Cathedral is the most beautiful of London's Catholic Churches. Built between 1895 - 1903 Westminster Cathedral was consecrated in 1910 and is the larges Catholic Church in England or Wales. Considered a Masterpiece in high visible White-Striped brick and stone. The domes are built out f brick without use of concrete or steel.