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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

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Address: West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
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Fascinating church

A beautiful church, almost hidden, near the meat market. Inside it is more fascinating you would expect from outside. Full of history, dark corners and a beautiful light. And the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A beautiful church, almost hidden, near the meat market. Inside it is more fascinating you would expect from outside. Full of history, dark corners and a beautiful light. And the people who take care of it are very happy to tell you about its history! Well worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Sublime, beautiful, a very special place in the east of central London. Most churches are worth a look if you are passing by - this one is worth making the journey in its own right.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Founded in 1124, this church is just a few blocks from St. Paul's but the majority of tourists seem not to have found it. The interior is fantastic, with enormous columns and old, rounded vaulting composing some of the arches. You truly get a sense of history in this church; it has not been "prettied-up" to a great extent. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Redolent of history, this five hundred year old church survived the Great Fire of London. Wonderful nave. Often used in films as a set (four weddings and a funeral, etc.); not of itself a commendation, but if the art directors of the film thought it was good looking and interesting, then you might too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

An essential visit if you're in the area - easily within walking distance of the Museum of London and St. Paul's Cathedral . I w& tube station. I walked in last September to re-acquaint myself with the oldest parish church in London (dating from 1123AD) It is a wonderful London example of 'cheek by jowl', the church fronted by a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, sometimes abbreviated to Great St Bart's, is an Anglican church in West Smithfield within the City of London.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I can't believe this gem is undervalued and overlooked. It is an amazing piece of history; London's oldest surviving church, 1123. I was the only one in the church, which let me experience everything at my leisure. The other churches may be more grand, but not as unique. This church from the smell of incense and stones to the beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My wife and I have been to London several times and, on this trip, went looking for some obscure sights. While semi-lost looking for another place, we came across St. Bartholomew the Great. Being fans of old (and sometimes spiritual churches), we went in. This is one of the oldest churches in London with parts going back to the Norman... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Located off "Cloth Fair", this church is wonderful - it had interesting monuments and lovely features. The exterior was used in the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - because of St Barts Hospital being attached they were very tricky with the angles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Firstly I must declare that my son was married in this wonderful church by one of the delightfully friendly Fathers - which was a total privilege. I admit that the date I have ticked below is not accurate. Tucked away off West Smithfield, running along beside Cloth Fair lies the magnificent church of St Bartholomew the Great. You could walk... More 

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