"Church of Saint George" St George's, Bloomsbury Tip by MM212

St George's, Bloomsbury, London: 1 reviews and 3 photos

  Inspired by the Mausoleum of Mausolus
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  • Inspired by the Mausoleum of Mausolus - London
      Inspired by the Mausoleum of Mausolus
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  • Modelled after the Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek - London
      Modelled after the Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek
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  • The English Lion and the Scottish Unicorn - London
      The English Lion and the Scottish Unicorn
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Located in the Bloomsbury area in London, the Church of Saint George is quite peculiar with its Neoclassical façade and pyramidal tower. It was built in 1730 by the architect, Nicholas Hawksmoor, a student of Sir Christopher Wren (designer of Saint Paul's Cathedral). It is said that the impressive Neoclassical front portico of the church was modelled after the Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek, Lebanon, while the step tower was inspired by the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus (located near Bodrum, Turkey). Both are symbols of the ancient pagan past, but in a Christian place of worship! The tower contains sculptures of the symbols of the British monarchy: the English lion and the Scottish unicorn.

Address: Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2HR
Directions: Near the British Museum
Phone: +44 20 7242 1979
Website: http://www.stgeorgesbloomsbury.org.uk

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2009
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