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Monday 12th of October 2015
1. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is one of the most stunning religious buildings in the capital. A masterpiece of traditional Hindu design, the building was constructed by over 3000 dedicated volunteers who were inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Mararaj. The Mandir has been fully funded by well-wishers and worshippers, and remains to this day as one of the most exquisite religious buildings in Britain. Carved out of over 5000 tonnes of Italian Carrara, Indian Ambaji marble and Bulgarian limestone, the Mandir was designed in India and assembled in London. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our London Stansted Airport depot and head to Neasden to explore this beautiful Mandir.
2. The Bevis Marks Synagogue
The oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom, the Bevis Marks Synagogue was built in 1701 and its official name is Qahal Kadosh Sha’as ha-Shamayim, which literally translates as ‘Holy Congregation Gate of Heaven’. The Grade I listed building is steeped in history and is the only European synagogue which has held continuous regular services for over 300 years. Completed in 1701, the Bevis Marks Synagogue is based on the Great Amsterdam Synagogue, which was constructed in 1677 and was home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe during the Dutch Golden Age. Hop in your Easirent hire car and head to the Bevis Marks Synagogue, which bring in visitors from far and wide to see its Renaissance style arc, containing the Torah scrolls.
3. St. Pancras Old Church
Located in Somers Town Camden, St. Pancras Old Church is thought to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in the country. Known to have existed in some form since AD 314, St. Pancras Old Church is documented as ‘St. Pancras Church’ in the Domesday Book, suggesting that it existed on the site well before the Norman Conquest. Nowadays, having gone through an extensive reconstruction during the 19th century, the church boasts the largest green space in the locality of Camden, and visitors can visit the grave of composer Johann Christian Bach.
4. St. Paul’s Cathedral
Probably one of the most notable figures on the London skyline, St. Paul’s cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of London and sits atop Ludgate Hill, the highest point of the City of London. Designed by architect Sir Christoper Wren in the English Baroque style, St. Paul’s Cathedral was the tallest building in London until 1962 and it has the second largest area in the United Kingdom; Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral is the biggest UK cathedral in terms of area. Bask in the cathedral’s history and learn how the funerals of many historic faces including Lord Nelson, Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke of Wellington took place within its walls.
5. Aziziye Mosque
The Aziziye Mosque is located in Stoke Newington, just a short drive from our Easirent pick up point at London Stansted Airport. Housing a wedding hall and a restaurant, the Aziziye Mosque welcomes guests inside it’s doors and the Ottoman style mosque provides all of its congregation services in Turkish as opposed to English or Arabic.