St Bartholomew-the-Great

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Venue name: St Bartholomew-the-Great
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Address: 57B
West Smithfield
London
EC1A 9DS
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Bonnie W
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I recently visited St Bartholomew-the-Great Church on a Saturday morning when the city is quiet and I felt like I had the whole area to myself. The church is open seven days a week and there is a cost of £5 to visit along with an extra £1.50 to take photos. This beautiful and historic building is well worth the entry fee. Construction started in 1123 and continued over the centuries in many different styles. The church is dark and atmospheric inside with such a feeling of calmness. It was the only church within the centre of London to survive the great fire of 1666 which makes this spot so special. There are a few displays that lay out the history of the area and the parish and a map is provided to point out noteworthy points throughout the church. There are a number of really interesting pieces of art on display including a sculpture by Damien Hirst and a gorgeous modern painting of Madonna and Child by Spanish artist Alfredo Roldan. There is also a worthwhile 15 minute video that can be played on request. The church and it’s surrounding church yard are an underrated London attraction that is really worth a visit.