St. Mary Abchurch

St. Mary Abchurch, London

St. Mary Abchurch
4.5
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This church was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and rebuilt by Christopher Wren from 1681 to 1687, with its landmark tower four stories high, rising to 51 feet.
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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  • Bank • 2 min walk
  • Bank • 2 min walk

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Sheila S
London, UK362 contributions
A little visited gem by Wren
Jan 2020
A n interesting church tucked away off Cannon Street, the lovely Friends of City Churches have a fiiendly, helpful person on duty to help you get the most out of you visit. One useful tip, let your eyes get used to the fairly dark interior so you can enjoy the detail of the painting in the dome. Do read theor little booklet baout the chuech.
Written March 11, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,092 contributions
Rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren
Oct 2019 • Solo
A church has existed on this site since the twelfth century, the present one replacing an earlier version destroyed in the Great Fire of London designed by ‘the office of Sir Christopher Wren’ and built beteeen 1681-6 rather than exclusively attributable to the great man himself. It was intended to be much larger and was severely damaged in the Blitz in 1940 although subsequently painstaking restored since. It has a spacious courtyard outside with a prominently sited coffee vendor.
Written October 10, 2019
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Peter P
Andover, UK298 contributions
Well worth a look
Jan 2019 • Friends
We were on our way to St Pauls when we noticed this Church quite by accident and thought Let`s take a look, Re-built by Wren after the great fire it has an amazing painted domed ceiling, when we were there volunteers were on duty and very willing to tell us about the Church. If you are nearby it is well worth a visit
Written January 13, 2019
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sheepygold
london4,809 contributions
Lots to admire
Aug 2018 • Solo
This church has a dome by Wren and is almost square. The dome was painted in 1708 and has the Hebrew work for God at its centre. There is no stained glass but there is carving by Grinling Gibbons which is apparently the only confirmed work by this carver in a City of London church.
Written August 30, 2018
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Colin E
256 contributions
Boxed in
Aug 2017 • Solo
Surrounded by office buildings, little natural light comes through the windows, couple that with the mainly dark wooden décor of the church means that St Mary’s is a church that underwhelms at first. I was lucky enough to visit when an organ recital was taking place, only four and a half people listening, the ‘half-person’ was reading the magazine This Week. Everyone sat by themselves, one of the attendees was a little old lady, I wonder how far she had come to listen to the organ music. Still I digress although the scene did hint at the small number of people who would attend religious services in the church.

The main reason for visiting St Mary’s is admire the ceiling, very impressive. If one is in the Cannon Street area it is well worth making the effort to visit this church when it is open.
Written August 30, 2017
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crawford g
Aberdeen, UK1,573 contributions
A must see masterpiece
Feb 2017 • Couples
Not just another of the many churches of the city of London, this Wren rebuild after the fire is an amazing revelation. The use of light in the small building is a wonderful example of the craftman's skill, and the painted dome ceiling is of a standard rarely seen. There are many other remakable features including the pellican. This is one church well worth the trip!
Written February 25, 2017
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lgmsomerset
Ilminster, UK797 contributions
Another Wren gem
Nov 2016
Tucked down St Swithin's , this is an lovely building little changed since being rebuilt by Wren after the Great Fire of London. Lovely painted domed ceiling and a superb Grinling Gibbons carving on the altar. It is like stepping back in time when entering this church.
Written November 27, 2016
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Abbotsbury92
Chevy Chase, MD912 contributions
Beautiful Wren Church & Grinling Gibbons Carving
Aug 2016 • Solo
This is a lovely little Christopher Wren church. The dome has a beautiful fresco. The dark wood pulpit has an oversized top. The best part, in my opinion, is the sumptuously-carved reredos (the screen above the altar), which is one of Grinling Gibbons' documented works.

Organ concerts are held occasionally; I wandered in just before one started. The music was lovely and enhanced my experience of the church.
Written August 28, 2016
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sankes
Leeds, UK625 contributions
Hidden gem
Aug 2016 • Solo
A wren church opposite some nice restaurants...the plain exteriors serve as a complete contrast to the interiors and the dome. Loved it.
Written August 8, 2016
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raoulhood
Towson, MD3,123 contributions
....."Abchurch" may be a variant residue of Latin "ab" (from)
Jul 2016 • Solo
As usual outside the church shortly but instead says, once entered, it appears in all its grandeur.
It has a red brick exterior with stone dressings.
It dates back to the twelfth century (it is mentioned 1198-1199) [and they dedicated to the Mary. The additional name "Abchurch" may be a variant residue of Latin "ab" (from).
The Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed, and was rebuilt as we see it now.
in September 1940 a german bomb hit the church During The famous and sad London Blitz. the dome was completely damage and was repaired between 1948-1953.
Now the church has returned to its former glory, with its medieval characteristics and is one of the most beautiful London time.
Written July 21, 2016
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