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Westminster Abbey est reconnu comme un chef d'œuvre d'architecture médiévale. Depuis 1066, c'est le lieu privilégié pour les couronnements et autres occasions royales. Aujourd'hui, c'est toujours une église dédiée aux messes régulières et aux célébrations de grands événements de la nation britannique. Westminster Abbey abrite les tombeaux et les commémorations d'un grand nombre de poètes, scientifiques, musiciens, artistes, écrivains et autres gens célèbres. C'est une des attractions les plus visitées de Londres.
Since being catapulted into the public thought in Dan Brown's international bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, the medieval Knights Templars have been the target of much speculation from historians and conspiracy theorists alike. Who were the Knights Templars? What was their connection to Christ? Were they a secret society assigned to protect the secrets of the universe? Whatever the reasons for their founding, a visit to the Temple Church, just off London's Fleet Street, will bring you closer to the mystery, and perhaps even the truth! Built by the Knights Templars in the 12th Century, this church serves the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple, and also hosts regular prayer services and events. Visiting times change each week; check the website for specific hours.
Originalement construit en 694, mais détruit par le grand feu de 1666, le magnifique édifice en place aujourd'hui fut conçu par Christopher Wren et terminé en 1710. La cathédrale Saint-Paul a été l'hôte de plusieurs grandes occasions, incluant les funérailles de Sir Winston Churchill en 1965 et le mariage du prince Charles et Lady Diana Spencer en 1981. Il y a beaucoup de trésors à voir et à découvrir à la cathédrale Saint-Paul, une visite est incontournable. Par contre, la galerie Whispering vaut la peine d'être mentionnée. Un simple soupir près du mur circulaire blanc peut être étendu à 42 mètres de l'autre côté.
St Bartholomew the Great is a church that is known for the beautiful paintings and stained glass windows that add to the beauty of it's interiors. The first Prior of the church, Rahere's tomb lies within the church. It is said that Rahere established the church after he saw a vision of Saint Bartholomew who asked him to build the church where it stands today. You can admire the artwork within the church while sitting silently in prayer. There is the Cloister Cafe which serves coffee, tea, beer and wines in the church premises, especially for post-wedding celebrations etc.
With a history dating circa to the 7th-century, All Hallows by the Tower is the oldest of its kind in London and was established by the Abbey of Barking. The sanctuary is near to the Tower of London and has Saxon influences in its interior architecture. It also features the Crypt Museum with Saxon and Roman artifacts along with other historic registers. The church was severely damaged in the World War II with only the walls and tower intact. It was rebuilt immediately after the war to its present structure. Don't miss this place if you love history or religious sites.
Opened in 1701, after many Jewish people were invited into England during the 1600s, Bevis Marks Synagogue is one of England's oldest. Still retaining many of its original interior furnishings, many say it is awe-inspiring and breath taking. Noted, as being difficult to find in London's winding financial district, Bevis Marks Synagogue is history, religion and tradition rolled into one. Do check out the website for service timings.
The London Central Mosque is located in the Regent's Park, and was built over 50 years ago. Architecturally, the building is stunning, with a golden dome, marble floors and intricate mosaics. However, the mosque is not merely a showpiece; practically, it can accommodate over 4,500 people for prayer meetings, which are held serveral times every day. The Islamic Cultural Centre is next to the mosque. This provides London's Muslim community with a reference library and concert hall, as well as a place for meetings, and educational outings for children. The Centre is also licensed to conduct wedding ceremonies.