Westminster Cathedral, a Celebration
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 192
Width: 24.8 cm
Height: 22.5 cm
It is one hundred years since Westminster Cathedral was opened for public worship. Built within cheeky proximity to Westminster Abbey, it was a design and architectural specification that was, and remains, immensely ambitious. This is the story of the Cathedral since its first planning stages through to the present day. Cathedral was designed by J.F.Bentley in "early Byzantine style" and executed mainly in red brick. The principal features are the spaciousness of the nave, the massive ciborium over the high altar, the interior decoration of marble and mosaic and the doomed campanile, 284 feet high. Sir Roy Strong rhapsodises about the Cathedral's aesthetic impact on someone who finds it hard to believe in God. Patrick Rodgers attends to the detail and illuminates the readers' perception of the treasures within the building - from Eric Gill's Stations of the Cross to the Byzantine mosaics in the Lady Chapel.