The Church of St. Mary is an original 17th century church originally located in London, England.
During the Great Fire of London in 1666, the church burnt to the ground. Christopher Wren, a famous English architect, redesigned and rebuilt the Church of St. Mary. In 1940 during the Blitz, the Church was gutted after a German incendiary bomb struck the center of the roof. For 25 years after the attack, the Church sat roofless and moss-grown, slated for demolition.
It was in the early 1960's that the proposal was made for the creation of a museum to Sir Winston Churchill and his famous "Iron Curtain" speech, which he delivered at Westminster College in 1946. In 1965, the Church was dismantled in London and shipped, 7,000 stones in all, to Westminster College, where it was reassembled and restored to the condition we see today. It serves as the ecumenical, inter-denominational chapel for the college.
In the 17th century, the church was recognized as the social and religious center for a number of England's major figures including John Milton and William Shakespeare.
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Fantastic Church! Beautiful both on the inside and out ... can bring in your own officiant! Looks great in photos! A must see!!
This church is such a wonderful wedding venue. The graceful columns emphasize the magnificent architecture. The history of this building is awe inspiring. To stand in it's beautiful sanctuary brings to mind the many, many brides and grooms that have committed to one another in this place. There is no other church like this in all of North America. The lighting from the tall windows gives a soft glow to the room that lends itself well to photography. There are so many interesting details in the building that every wedding photo is unique. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Ivy Photography recommends this church to anyone seeking a fairy tale wedding.
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