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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

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Address: West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
Phone Number: 44 020 7248 2294
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Medieval wonder in London.

The only entirely Medieval church of London. It is a stunning and cosy Romanesque building with so much history, before the Reformation it was an Augustinian priory - the Medieval... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The only entirely Medieval church of London. It is a stunning and cosy Romanesque building with so much history, before the Reformation it was an Augustinian priory - the Medieval tomb of a prior just in the sanctuary is an interesting example of English pre-Reformation art and so is the Perpendicular oriel window from whence the prior could spy on... More 

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Long Melford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

St Bartholomews Hospital in an ancient hospital, built in 1123, by a monk Rahere, in thankfulness for his safe return from the Crusades. The hospital square is quite beautiful and also over the gatehouse is a statue of Henry VIII. Not to be forgotten is that William Wallace the Scottish hero, was hanged, drawn and quartered in the square outside... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the church and heard about the history from the guide on our Smithfield tour. Very interesting from a personal point of view as I was born in the hospital more than 60 years ago.Unfortunately at this early hour the church was not open and we could only admire the architecture from the outside. We must come back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

It's difficult to put into words the emotional experience of being in such an ancient medieval church and imagining when it was in it's prime. Truly humbling.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Went there before the priory was opened. However the old raised churchyard and cloisters were in a quite little peacefull square. You could feel the history. Definitely will return during opening times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I visited this church on a Friday lunchtime with work colleagues. The purpose of the visit was to see the Damien Hirst sculpture, Exquisite Pain, depicting St Bartholomew in gilded bronze. Arrival was by tube to Blackfriars, although Barbican may have been closer. The church is in the Smithfield area. On arrival, the church is impressive. It is old but... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This is a hidden gem of a Norman Abbey church set back within the streets of London only a short walk from St Pauls Cathedral. I attended the Sunday morning mass which with its wonderful choir, priests in their vestments and servers with candles and incense can only be described as divine. Half way through the service the sun shone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Often I get my best tips for places to visit by asking others that have visited a place before. This is one I'd not seen, but hope to visit again! This church was founded by Prior Rahere, who died in 1143. And parts of the church have survived from that time. Henry the VIII sold off most of the buildings... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We were having a wander around Smithfield Market and had heard of the ancient St Bartholomew the Great church. It is a little hidden and looks quite modest from the outside but once inside the interior is quite breathtaking. My companion and I were mostly the only visitors which added to the atmosphere and was a refreshing change from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Tucked away around the back of Smithfield market is the old Norman church of St Bartholomew's. You may recognise it as the church used in Four Weddings and Funeral but that aside if you want to see a fine example of Norman architecture ,off the beaten track ,then this is the place. From the outside it may seam not worth... More 

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