The Citys glorious churches

City visitors ask “why so many churches in such a small area?”

In medieval times, as London developed and prospered, great religious houses used their money, royal connections and land to build churches which served the citizens who lived, worked and worshiped within the walls of the old City.

These medieval churches were usually small and unimposing. They had no pews and the congregation would bring their own chairs.  The buildings were also put to secular uses: plays were staged, dances were held and bankers traded.

Many churches were lost in the Great Fire of 1666, but thanks largely to the genius of Sir Christopher Wren, many were replaced by the masterpieces that we can visit on this walk. Cheek by jowl with the glass, steel and stone of the City’s modern facades, the City’s 50 churches are an architectural and spiritual heritage that only Rome can rival.

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