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Brompton Oratory

D8 Brompton Rd SW7 1 South Kensington # 6:30am–8pm daily bromptonoratory.co.uk

Famous for its splendid musical tradition, the Italianate Oratory is a rich (some think a little too rich) monument to the English Catholic revival of the late 19th century. It was established by John Henry Newman (later Cardinal Newman).

The church was opened in 1884; its façade and dome were added in the 1890s, and the interior has been progressively enriched ever since. Inside, all the most eye-catching treasures predate the church – many of them were brought here from Italian churches. Giuseppe Mazzuoli carved the huge marble figures of the ...

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