Westminster Cathedral, London

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of the Most Precious Holy Blood, St. Mary, St. Joseph and St. Peter
Became a Cathedral in 1903

Westminster Cathedral - not to be confused with the Abbey down the road - is the Roman Catholic Cathedral for London. It was designed by John Francis Bentley in 1894, despite the fact he had never had a major work commissioned before.  It just goes to prove what can happen when a chance is taken!

Bentley's Cathedral is unlike anything else in Britain, it's style is distinctly Byzantine with it's tower and striped patterning. The interior carries the Eastern feel even further with marble and mozaics much in evidence, not to mention gilt frescoes on many of the chapels.

The Cathedral has Britain's widest nave - 156 feet wide to be precise.  It also possesses a 284 feet tall campanile tower which was thoughtfully provided with a lift so the visitor can ascend and take in the views.  Sadly one of the most prominent views is of Victoria Station.

Westminster Cathedral has a look and feel quite unlike anything else in Britain and almost always suprises visitors to the capital.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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