The Brompton Oratory, also known as the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is located just past the Victoria & Albert Museum on Brompton Road. You can stop here after your visit to the museum. It makes a nice pit stop, before wandering onward to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and other points of interest between the museums and Hyde Park.
The Brompton Oratory is a neo-classical Roman Catholic Church built between 1880 and1884. It was the largest Catholic church in London until Westminster Cathedral was finished in 1903. The exterior of the church resembles a fairly typical Italian basilica, while the interior is Italian Baroque and Renaissance in style. Here you'll find 17th century sculptures, some nice painting, pulpit and alter. Generally speaking, it is quite nice inside the church.
While not as elaborate, decorative or historic as many Catholic churches you may have visited elsewhere in Europe, the Brompton Oratory is a pleasant church to visit in London, if you have energy after your visit to the nearby Victoria & Albert museum.
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