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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Europe CNY 2012 - Day 2, Part 2 - Westminster Cathedral

Europe CNY 2012
Day 2 - 20th January - Westminster Cathedral
(Part 2)

I then went to Westminster Cathedral, the Catholic Cathedral. I might've been there before, but I didn't find the inside familiar. Also, entry was free unlike Westminster Abbey.

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Westminster Cathedral

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Frontage. As you can see it's done in Byzantine style.

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Ad for their kitchen.

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"Please switch off all mobile telephones and personal music players"
There go my plans to offer an audioguide to the place

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"Gentlemen - please remove your hats"
I suspect this gender discrimination is to avoid nuns being placed in an awkward position with respect to their coifs.

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Nave

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Holy Souls Chapel

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Body of St John Southworth, a 17th century martyr

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Chapel of St Joseph - even at ISO800 it's very clear and there's very little noise

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Beata Joanna
This probably belongs to the Chapel of St Joseph

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Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament

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Main Sanctuary

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Constantinople Mosaic
The mosaics inside were really fine, if probably a bit more intricate than the Byzantines were able to produce

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Chapel of St Andrew and the Saints of Scotland

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Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine

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This looks like the Judgment of Solomon

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"Not Angles, but Angels". St Gregory (Pope Gregory I) in the Roman Forum

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For some reason I found the idea of a Holy Water tap amusing.

Having earlier been invited to "come & enjoy the delicious selection of food & drink being served in our cathedral kitchen", I headed "down the spiral staircase".

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What struck me about the cafe menu was that it was extremely cheap. So I ordered a soup of the day - Krispy Kreme didn't last long in the stomach; the hostel had had breakfast but it was toast and cereal and so not worth wasting stomach space on. So I just had a cup of 'juice' (I was scammed - it came out of a dispenser and tasted like kordial).
Spaghetti on Toast sounded disgusting.

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The soup was not bad, especially in winter.
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