London, England.

Featured in Capital Cities of the World – 4 Sept 2010

In the late 19th century, the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy had only recently been restored in England and Wales, and it was in memory of Cardinal Wiseman (who died in 1865, and was the first Archbishop of Westminster from 1850) that the first substantial sum of money was raised for the new cathedral. The land was acquired in 1884 by Wiseman’s successor, Cardinal Manning, having previously been occupied by the second Tothill Fields Bridewell prison. After two false starts in 1867 (under architect Henry Clutton) and 1892 (architect Baron von Herstel), construction started in 1895 under Manning’s successor, the third archbishop Cardinal Vaughan with John Francis Bentley as architect. The cathedral opened in 1903, a little after Bentley’s death. For reasons of economy the decoration of the interior had hardly been started and still much remained to be completed. It is often presumed that Westminster Cathedral was the first Catholic place of worship to be built in Britain after the English Reformation; however that honour belongs to St Patrick’s in Soho Square.

Under the laws of the Roman Church at the time no place of worship could be consecrated unless free from debt and having its fabric completed, so the consecration ceremony did not take place until June 28, 1910.

In 1977, as part of her Silver Jubilee Celebrations, the cathedral was visited by Her Majesty The Queen,1. Although there was no religious service (the visit was to a flower show) it was highly symbolic as the first visit of a reigning monarch of the United Kingdom to a Catholic church in the UK since the Reformation.

On May 28, 1982, the first day of his six-day visit to the United Kingdom, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in the Cathedral.

In 1995, at the invitation of Cardinal Basil Hume, the cathedral was visited by HM The Queen, the first visit of a reigning monarch of the United Kingdom to a Catholic church liturgy for several years. (Source: Wikipedia)

Nikon D60, tamron 10-24 mm lens, handheld, f/14, 1/200, ISO 100, with flash, 10 mm focal length.
single file converted to 3 exposures in PS (-1, 0, 1).
tone mapped in Photomatix.
adjustments in PS.

© All Images Copyright Yhun Suarez 2010-2013. All Rights Reserved.

Unauthorized reproduction of my work which intended to make money or is included in a money making project is strictly prohibited. If you want to reproduce my pictures for any reason, contact me and ask permission. Your specific use will determine the conditions for rights I may grant. NON-profit use of my images may be granted in some cases, but I would require adjacent credit with hyper-linking to the page of origin.

View Full Profile

Comments

  • patjila
    patjilaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture with special lense? Love it!

  • thanks my friend…the lens I used here is tamron 10-24 mm :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous scene !

  • many thanks Corinne :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • thanks so much! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 4 years ago

    Stunning work and setting!! – I love that lens, must get myself one soon.

  • thanks! wide angle lenses are very cool! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • DavidGutierrez
    DavidGutierrezabout 4 years ago

    nice moody sky and very good details!

  • cheers David! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • many thanks for looking at my works Sandra & the faves! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...about 4 years ago

    great shot, great hdr

  • many thanks Michael :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Great work as always Yhun.

  • many thanks my dear friend! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Crowmanic
    Crowmanicabout 4 years ago

    Yep!! well done … as always …

  • thanks so much my friend :)

    – Yhun Suarez

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.