Westminster Cathedral (1)

Posted: December 22, 2015 in History, London, UK
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Keith and I visited Westminster Cathedral on one of our trips up to the centre of London. This can be regarded as London’s unknown Cathedral, probably even to most people who live in the city. It is often confused with Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square.

 

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Westminster Cathedral is in Victoria and is London’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. It’s name coming not from its geographical location but from it being the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster.

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The site, which had previously been a prison, was purchased by the Catholic church in 1885. It was some 10 years however before they were able to begin construction on the building, which is in the Byzantine style. It was opened in 1903 with the first service being held in June of that year. However, much interior work still remained to be completed and the cathedral was not completed until June 1910.

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