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The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood Also known as Westminster Cathedral

 

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  • Architect John Francis Bentley conducted an extensive tour of Europe before designing to get an idea of the mix of designs and materials he wanted to use. This is why the cathedral is so Byzantine in appearance.
  • The cathedral layout eschews the traditional cruciform shape in favour of a simple rectangle with a projecting east end with four domed roofs and a main tower that stays within the compact building boundaries.
  • Bentley avoided the structural expression of Gothic architecture by having flat walls and the structural supports located on the inside of the building.
  • Although the exterior of the building was rapidly completed, the inside is still being decorated over 100 years later and visitors to the cathedral will note much of it's innards are covered in scaffolding.

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Architect
John Francis Bentley
Developer
Archdiocese of Westminster

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Reference No.
197
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
12-11-2015
 

Building Location

Address
42 Francis Street, Victoria, London. SW1
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1894
Construction start date
1895
Completion date
1903
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Byzantine

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
87.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
83.00

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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