Having been tagged by Joee Blogs, I will attempt to list my top five English Catholic places. It has been a couple of years since my last trip over the Pond, and I wasn’t Catholic–though on my way–at the time, so this is going to be difficult:
1. Westminster Cathedral – Attended daily Mass there, and the reverence, artwork, and relics were a big help to me as I was considering my future conversion. A photo I took back summer of 2004:
2. Canterbury Cathedral – Yes, it’s Anglican, I know, but there are just enough vestiges to give you a pretty good idea of what a vibrant thing Medieval English Catholicism was. And, enough scars to give you a very good idea about what a travesty King Henry VIII’s libido was. Some photos from 2004:
3. Tyburn – Haven’t been there, but the place where many martyrs’ blood was spilled deserves to be on the list.
4. Clifton Cathedral – Not on the list for a good reason, but as a reminder of what NOT to do architecturally and aesthetically. Walked past it a hundred times whilst a student in Bristol. Never walked inside. Couldn’t bring myself to.
5. Iona – Yeah, it’s Scottish. But, from it came missionaries that helped re-Christianize post-Roman Britain. And it’s the most peaceful place I’ve ever visited. So what if they didn’t end up on the winning end of things at the Synod of Whitby? Photo from a trip back in spring of ’99: