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London attractions: Find solace in the city within some of London's most renowned cathedrals
Published: Monday 13th of May 2013
If you are on the hunt for things to do in London, and are searching for a break away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then a trip to a cathedral is ideal.
Cathedrals and church buildings are known for their architectural excellence the world over and stand as a symbol of peace and solitude in the heart of a city.
London is famed for being home to many such buildings, which have attracted tourists from all over the world.
Even if you are not religious, it is hard not to appreciate the beauty and ornate structure of ancient buildings such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.
These churches have stood the test of time and have been host to many famous faces and royalty throughout history.
So if you are on a trip to London, why not walk in the footsteps of kings and queens and take a stop by one of these stately and archaic buildings?
Take a walk back through history at Westminster Abbey, which ranks among the oldest of London attractions.
This historical building is steeped in over a thousand years of history and is known as the nation's Coronation church.
It has played host to kings, queens, statesmen, poets, aristocrats and many more. Some of the famous residents buried at this church include Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Geoffrey Chaucer.
This ancient, gothic building was built by King Henry III in 1245, and is known as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Westminster contains a treasure house of paintings, relics, artefacts, artwork and stained glass in the interior and maintains an equally stunning exterior.
The abbey hosts a number of events throughout the year and if you are visiting this month, you will get the chance to participate in a number of events that are being held at the cathedral.
Coming up on May 15th is the Lufthansa Festival Concert, an annual event which is being held by the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
The highlight of the concert will be the Ode for St Cecilia's Day, which explores the natural origins of music and musical instruments.
Towards the end of the month on May 26th there will be the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Elizabeth II, which will feature organists from both Westminster and St Paul's Cathedral.
Guests will also get the chance to celebrate the gala concert, featuring the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral is one of the best known cathedrals outside of Westminster and was built between 1675 and 1710.
It encapsulates the spiritual heritage of the city and like Westminster, has hosted royalty, celebrities, archbishops and prime ministers alike.
It holds a lot of learning activities and educational events for young people and it also organises many concerts throughout the year.
Visitors to the cathedral will get a chance to climb the famous dome of the building, which currently stands at 111.3 metres high and is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Then there is the crypt. The crypt is the burial place which stands in memory of all those who helped to make a contribution to Britain.
On a visit to this very unique and special building, visitors will also get the chance to experience the peace and solitude of the chapels and walk around the exterior and the churchyard, where they will be greeted with the majestic statue of St Paul and his apostles and the four evangelists.
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Posted by Kevin Smith
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