The majestic churches and the beautiful temples of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists add to the beauty and elegance of London. A journey around the most beautiful churches and religious temples in London is a highly exciting experience. The St. Dunstan’s Anglo-Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Leonard’s Church and The Holy Trinity Church, and of course the Westminster abbey are among the best religious places to visit in London. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the Wat Buddhapadipa Temple, The Shree Ganapathy Temple and the Shri Mahavir Swami Jain Temple are among the most surprising and finest religious buildings in here. And yes, they are very unexpected to be here and underexplored…
- St. Dunstan’s Anglo-Catholic Church, Stepney Green
This church is at the heart of Tower Hamlets borough. The amazing external covering with Kentish rag-stone has made it one among the most beautiful religious sites in London. The interiors of this church are simple as well as beautiful and those who go inside this church experience the sense of peace and harmony. At twilight the church and the churchyard appear incredibly beautiful.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral was created by Christopher Wren and this iconic London church is famous all over the world. Hence its position among the most beautiful religious sites in London is well understood. This church attracts pilgrims and tourists alike and the dome of this church was dominating the London skyline for more than 300 years. St. Paul’s Church is closely associated with the history of London. The Duke of Wellington, Alexander Fleming, William Turner, Florence Nightingale and Horatio Nelson are buried in this church.
- St. Leonard’s Church Shoreditch
This church is in the vibrant Hackney area in London and was created by the famous architect George Dance the Elder who took inspiration from his teacher Christopher Wren. The church is on the east side of Shoreditch High Street and is close to the Spitafield’s market. Elizabethan actors and friends of Shakespeare visited this church frequently since it was near to the theatre. This church is also part of the cultural heritage of Hackney and apart from that this is one among the most beautiful churches and religious sites in London.
- Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street
The Presbyterian wall, the stained-glass window and the spectacular building made this church one of the most beautiful churches and religious temples in London. This church was designed by John Dando Sedding and the famous glass masterpiece was created by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. This church is known for its most amazing work of art inside. Holy Trinity Church has the reputation of singing the music of the Anglican Church.
- BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
This temple is a place for Hindu worship and is open to the public on most of the days. Here admission is free. This temple which is one of the most beautiful religious sites in London was opened in the year 1995 and at that time it was the largest traditional Hindu temple outside India. 8000 tonnes of Indian and Italian marble and Bulgarian limestone were used to construct the temple. All the stones were shipped to Kandla, India where the stones were carved into 23000 different pieces by 650 artisans. BAP Shri Swaminarayan Mandir highlights the multiculturalism in London. This temple is located in Neasden, North London. This traditional Hindu stone temple is a part of the Bochanawasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) organization. The traditional Hindu temple, a permanent exhibition named “Understanding Hinduism” and a cultural centre called BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Haveli are parts of the complex. The cultural centre has an assembly hall, gym, bookshop and offices. The spiritual leader of BAPS Pramukh Swami Maharaj inaugurated the temple on 20th August, 1995. This temple is open to people of all faiths, and it is one of my favourites among all the beautiful churches and religious temples in London.
- Wat Buddhapadipa
This is a Thai Buddhist temple situated in Wimbledon, London. This temple accommodates monks and nuns and visitors of all faiths are welcome here. The environment is very calm and this temple is an ideal place for meditation and mind relaxation. Beautiful wall paintings can be found in the interiors. The Buddhist community people gather here for the Sunday service and they welcome all others who visit the temple on Sunday. Free drinks are offered to all and the people are lovely as well as happy. The shining gold and the bright colours of the temple make it one among the best religious places to visit in London.
- Shree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon
This is the first consecrated temple in Europe and was opened in the year 1981. Here discussions are held regularly on yoga, health and philosophy. The atmosphere is very silent inside the temple and people get peace of mind when they spend some time in this temple. Lord Ganesha is the main deity of this temple. Deities of Goddess Durga, Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman are also there.
- Jain Temple
Shree Mahavir Swami Jain Temple is in The Broadway, Harrow. This temple was opened in the year 1980 and this is the first Digamber temple outside India. This temple takes care of the interests of the Jain community in London and various Jain festivals are celebrated here.
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