Westminster Cathedral is the seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales (not to be confused with Westminster Abbey which is next to the Houses of Parliament).
This huge building was opened in 1903 and in 2010 celebrated the centenary of its consecration. Designed by John Francis Bentley, the leading Church architect of his day, it is inspired by the early Byzantine architecture of the Mediterranean. The foundation stone was laid in 1895 and the fabric of the building was completed eight years later. The whole building covers a floor area of about 5,017 square metres (54,000 sq ft). The dominating element of the scheme, apart from the campanile (bell tower), is the spacious and uninterrupted nave, 18 metres (59 ft) wide and 70 metres (230 ft) long from and covered with domed vaulting.
The website for the cathedral, with a lot more information about its activities and services, is here. They also have information on the free cathedral magazine, Oremus.
Westminster Cathedral is the home of a much-loved, world-famous choir, which sings Mass every day. People from all over the world come here to listen to great music from its remarkable and extensive repertoire.
The awesome interior of the Cathedral, although incomplete, contains fine marble-work and mosaics. The fourteen Stations of the Cross, by the sculptor Eric Gill, are world-renowned.
The Tower Viewing Gallery offers spectacular views over London from Viewing Gallery 64 metres (210 feet) above street level.
Westminster Cathedral is just around the corner from our osteopathy clinic in Pimlico, so come and visit us if you are in the area.
Find out about our local government – The Houses of Parliament / Palace of Westminster!