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Westminster Cathedral

The Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral for the archdiocese of Westminster and is a few minutes walk from Westminster Abbey. It was consecrated in 1910, the foundation stone having been laid in 1895 with the building work having taken eight years to complete. The Cathedral Church of Westminster, to give it its proper name, was designed by John Francis Bentley in the early Christian Byzantine style. The interior is still not complete but the marble wall linings and mosaics are much admired as are the fourteen Stations of the Cross, sculptured by Eric Gill. The Cathedral has from the outset placed a high priority on music and has had a choir right from the time it opened. Today it can boast (if that’s the right word) of having one of the finest choirs in Britain and maintains the unique tradition of singing the liturgy in the cathedral each day. Mass is held a number of times every day. Special celebrations and concerts are held at the cathedral from time to time particularly in the summer. The Campanile Bell Tower is 273 feet in height and from a four-sided viewing gallery it is possible to see much of London. The lift is open as follows: April to November - 9am to 5pm (daily) December to March - 9am to 5pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) There is an admission charge for the lift to the Bell Tower, please phone for details