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Westminster Cathedral, London

History

Commissioned by the third Archbishop, Cardinal Vaughan, following the full restoration of the hierarchy to England in 1850, Westminster Cathedral is the principal Roman Catholic Cathedral in England. The building was designed in the early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect, John Francis Bentley.The foundation stone was laid in 1895, the fabric of the building being completed eight years later.

 

Architecture

Brick built, the vast domed interior has the highest and widest nave of all the English cathedrals and, although decoratively incomplete, contains exquisite mosaics plus around 120 varieties of marble from 22 different countries. The fourteen Stations of the Cross by the sculptor, Eric Gill, are world renowned.