Westminster Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

This cathedral in London is the mother church of the Catholic Church of England and Wales and is the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster. The site on which the cathedral stands in the City of Westminster, was purchased in 1885 by the Diocese of Westminster. It is the largest Catholic church building in England and Wales.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1895 following two false starts in 1867 and 1892. It was built in a style heavily influenced by Byzantine architecture. The building opened in 1903 and was consecrated in 1910.

The main dominating feature of the cathedral apart from the campanile is the spacious and uninterrupted nave. In the planning of the nave, a system of supports was adopted which was not unlike most Gothic cathedrals whereby huge, yet narrow buttresses are projected at intervals and stiffened by transverse walls, arcading and vaulting. Unlike a Gothic cathedral, at Westminster they are limited to the interior.

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