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Westminster Abbey wordt beschouwd als een Middeleeuws architectonische meesterwerk. Het is de plek voor het grootste deel van de kroningen sinds 1066 plaats vinden en voor tal van andere koninklijke gelegenheden. Momenteel is het nog een kerk gewijd aan de reguliere eredienst en de viering van grote gebeurtenissen in de Britse natie. Westminster Abbey biedt de laatste rustplaatsen of herdenkingen van een groot aantal beroemde dichters, wetenschappers, musici, artiesten, auteurs en meer.
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.
Eerst gebouwd in 694, maar vernietigd door de Grote Brand in 1666, het prachtige gebouw dat er vandaag de dag staat is ontworpen door Christopher Wren en voltooid in 1710. St. Paul's is gastheer voor vele gelegenheden zoals de begrafenis van Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 en het huwelijk van Prins Charles en Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Er zijn talrijke schatten te zien en te ervaren in St. Paul's - een bezoek is een must. Echter, de Whispering Gallery is een speciale vermelding waard. Gewoon een fluister tegen de blanco cirkelvormige muur kan 42 meter aan de tegenovergestelde kant worden gehoord.
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.