The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, popularly but incorrectly known as Brompton Oratory, is a Roman Catholic church in South Kensington, London. It is situated on Brompton Road, next to the Victoria and Albert Museum, at the junction with Cromwell Gardens.

A design from Herbert Gribble, then 29, won a competition in March 1876. The foundation stone was laid in June 1880; and the new church was consecrated on 16 April 1884. The church is faced in Portland stone, with the vaults and dome in concrete; the latter was heightened in profile and the cupola added in 1895, standing 200 feet (61 m) tall. It was the largest Catholic church in London before the opening of Westminster Cathedral in 1903. The competition specified the ‘Italian Renaissance’ style, but the Roman Baroque and Wren are also drawn on.

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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful work my friend!
    please consider adding this in the Christian Churches group. thanks! :)

  • Shannon Rogers
    Shannon Rogersalmost 4 years ago

    High Five mate, this is a RIPPER of an Image, came out damn amazing buddy, Congrates :)

  • Blake Steele
    Blake Steelealmost 4 years ago

    Nice shot of a wonderful work of architecture, but as my image of the divine gets freer old churches seem so stiff and controlled. Can you imagine dancing, or playfulness in here? And yet the Universe is full of dancing playfulness. Just a thought, nothing to do with your artistry.

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic image please consider adding to The English Church a fave .

  • mylittleeye
    mylittleeyealmost 4 years ago

    this is soooooo good, you need to tell me what you shoot with and how this was done???? this is amazing.

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 25.02.11

  • Andrea Rapisarda
    Andrea Rapisardaalmost 4 years ago

    great work

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago


  • KathleenRinker
    KathleenRinkeralmost 4 years ago

    Awesome image!!

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot, well done !!!

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