London has some of the most historic architectural buildings in the world. It is in London where you find some of the world famous cathedrals, chapels and churches. These have been witness to the making of the history for more than 100 years. Some of the oldest churches were however destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666. As such, majority of the churches still standing today are from the 17th century all the way to the 18th century. Others have been renovated and restructured. Despite this fact, these are grand and stunning. The following are the most famous churches tourists should not miss during their visit to London.
Saint Paul's Cathedral
It sits atop Ludgate Hill and it here that the London Anglican Bishop's seat is. It has a breathtaking dome and this is what makes it easily recognizable even from the outside. The dome is a distinctive feature that marks the London skyline. Saint Paul's Cathedral was constructed in 1667 by none other than architect Christopher Wren. Apart from St Paul's there is no other Anglican church that has a dome. The church was constructed as a replacement for Old Gothic Church which was burnt down at the time of the Great Fire.
Buried under the main floor of the cathedral, you find the crypt which houses more than two hundred tombs of notable and great people like Duke of Wellington, Wren himself and Admiral Lord Nelson Horatio. Apart from the dome, once you get inside, the crypt is something you don't want to miss. Visitors are often permitted to climb to into the dome's interior which leads to the Whispering Gallery. The Whispering Gallery is an elliptical enclosed area and whispers can be heard from the other side. If you visit the dome, be careful about the things you say because the walls, apparently, have ears.
Saint Mary Le Bow
This is an historic Baroque church. Among the 17th century works, it is the most famous one and Christopher Wren is the architect. As tradition, East Londoners love to listen to the sound of the bell. This tradition is known as the Cockney and it is accepted that true Cockney's are born with earshot of Saint Mary Le Bow Bowbell.
It is one of the most famous religious sites in England and a must visit. The seven hundred year old gothic church is considered a monument of the British history and witnessing of coronation of British and English monarchs from 1066 to date. In addition to this, the church is also known as burial site for majority of the great warriors, kings, artists and statesmen. Other notable people like Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling are also buried here.
On its own, the Abbey is a major tourist attraction site. It has some stunning chapels and spell bounding structures which are humbling to look at. The church is known as an amazing house that hosts artworks such as stained glass, sculptures and paintings among others.
The most amazing thing about London churches is the manner in which their acoustics are used. In some of these churches, people get to hear the most charming musicals. It is this fact that makes them so charming and known across the world.