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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
44 020 7248 2294
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Ranked #64 of 1,108 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is what is left of a 12th century religious building. It is incredibly atmospheric and feels like most think an ancient church/priory should. You can see how old the stone is where the old and new restoration meet up. There are several unusual items like the oriole and a modern interpretation of a medieval Madonna and Child, as well... More

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Palm Desert
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

High church of the old school. The mass on Sunday morning was perfect. Incense, bells and Latin (as well as English). Gorgeous and the people were friendly and helpful. "High on the candle" as one parishioner told us.

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Ottawa, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Although we have visited London more times than we can count, we had never visited this church until taken by a local who new the neighbourhood very well. The church is quite small. It was originally part of the medieval neighbourhood of Smithfield, and was part of the complex that contained St. Bartholomew's Priory (which disappeared with monastic dissolution) and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
39 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Great St Barts was founded in 1123 and has been at the centre of virtually everything ever since. It was just outside the church gates that Braveheart (yes, that one) met his very grisly end in 1305. It was here that Wat Tyler and Richard the Second faced each other down over the peasants revolt of 1381. There was a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I am not religious, but I regularly visit churches to have some quiet contemplation. St. Barts is special to me, as in the sixties, my late wife and I watched our young children perform a nativity play in this church with their school. It has an atmosphere, that is so wonderful, that you never get in churches visited by tourists.... More

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London
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196 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great St Bart's, as it is commonly known, is one of London's oldest churches and also one of its most interesting and most beautiful. It is somewhat tucked away from the main tourist trails in a fascinating corner of the City of London, wedged in between the Barbican Centre, Smithfield Market, and the Old Bailey. Architecturally and artistically the church... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A truely halcyon and beautiful place to enjoy superb coffee and lovely service from staff. Was looking forward to going and Cloisters did not disappoint. The cakes are very morish too! We will visit again soon. Karl and Marlene x

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Stunning church and lovely cafe: reasonably priced w/generous portions and completely empty, despite being lunchtime midweek in the City. Pretty garden to sit in outside

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

An absolutely amazing part of not only London, but british history. Learnt so much about the city I lived in all my life. A truly beautiful and spiritual place. I wouldn't be able to justify why you should visit it enough. Words just can't explain.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very unwelcoming clergy. It's a lovely site, but I never felt like they wanted to open and let me in. They were short and it just seemed like an inconvenience to them that I was there.

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