"Commons? modest parish church St. Margaret?s" Westminster Abbey Tip by Trekki
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Next to the famous Westminster Abbey and almost unnoticed by the constant stream of visitors is St. Margaret’s Church. It was built early 12th century and became the parish church for the House of Commons since Palm Sunday, April 17, 1614. If you look around, this becomes quite obvious, as the portcullis, symbol of Palace of Westminster, is present on many objects, such as doors and cushions. The church is very beautiful inside, partly because the white walls and pillars let the bright colours of the magnificent stained glass windows shine even more. Make sure to turn back after entering and admire the windows above the entrance portal, dedicated to Sir Walter Raleigh, famous British explorer.The windows opposite (east) show scenes of life of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. The southern windows were destroyed during WWII and replaced by very modest ones in pastel colour, designed by John Piper, who didn’t want his windows competing with the other, older ones.
Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside, so all I have is of the exterior and the beautiful vault of the entrance. But it is worth to notice a special feature of the belltowers: the round blue objects are no clocks, but sundials.
The church is opened for visitors, except during masses, which are published on the website below. No entrance fee applies for visiting the church.
Address: St Margaret Street, London SW1P 3JX
Directions: St. Margaret’s Church, next to Westminster Abbey. Tube station: Westminster (exit 3) (District, Circle, Jubilee Line).
Phone: +44 (0)20 7654 4840
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