I lived in London for many years before moving down to Brighton. I used to work in Victoria Street and regularly walked passed Westminister Catholic Cathedral but never went in.
Visiting London recently to meet up with a friend - after lunch on the south bank we found ourselves walking down Victoria Street which, with many new office buildings springing up, especially near the Station, has changed quite a bit since I was last there.
The Cathedral itself is quite surprising. Outside it's a very striking building of striped red and white stone completed at the beginning of the 1900s.
Inside it's darker and quite austere as much of it is unfinished. Being newer than the Catholic churches in Europe which I've visited, there was none of the gold and marble I'd expected. Instead many modern mosaics and an imposing dark and containing world renowned mosaics.
Good to see that some things remained the same - like the Albert Pub - surrounded by tall office blocks.
|The old and the new
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