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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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  • This is a huge church! At first it might seem rather black because there's still a long way to go before all the mosaics are finished (200 years maybe) but if you take the time to look and learn, it i...  more »
  • Visited early in the morning on a Saturday and it was entirely quiet. The inside of the cathedral are outstanding, the mosaics and architecture is marvelous. Of particular interest are a number of mor...  more »
  • I agree with all those who appreciate this beautiful place, besides the Catholic rite (unlike the Abbey of the same name). Apart from the architecture, majestic with its red colour which reaches out towards the sky (and when is blue is really top notch), mine is a bond that goes back some 20 years ago, when for the first time I arrived in London and by chance in a moment of homesickness-strolling along the Victoria Street-I went into this church. There I found a small choir that sang songs unknown to me. Too good not to want to know more about the city. Inside, the mosaics are beautiful ... now in the area around everything is changing, new and modern buildings all steel vetrioe, but she is always there (impossible not to notice)
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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.