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Featured in Tables & Chairs – 28 Nov 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/3.5, 1/30, ISO 400, with flash, 10 mm focal length.
single file converted to 3 exposures in PS (-1, 0, 1).
tone mapped in Photomatix.
adjustments in PS.

SpectrumCry’s Single Jpeg File HDR Processing

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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezabout 4 years ago

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot and processing mate..

  • thanks Jason…the lighting was poor so it was a bit of a struggle to process this one…didnt come out as how i want it so very glad you like it :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Rafferty-Evans
    Rafferty-Evansabout 4 years ago

    love the perspective

  • thanks Lee-Anne…loving your new profile pic ;)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoabout 4 years ago

    great detail and shadows mate:))

  • thanks Shehan :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 4 years ago

    A fantastic image Yhun and an interesting history. Great perspective and depth and excellent processing as ususal.

  • thanks Christine :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 4 years ago

    Superb capture and edit Yhun!! – very interesting narrative.

  • thanks my dear ;)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • kruzmeister
    kruzmeisterabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work Yhun!

  • thanks Simone ;)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • cheers Steph ;)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 4 years ago

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

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 4 years ago

    Mate stunning shot here !

  • cheers pal :)

    – Yhun Suarez

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