St. Giles Cripplegate
St. Giles Cripplegate
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Quartier: La City
De sa création par les Romains en tant qu'avant-poste commercial à son statut de mètre carré le plus cher du monde au XXIe siècle, le quartier d'affaires de Londres sobrement appelé « la City » est l'un des quartiers les plus anciens et les plus fascinants de la capitale britannique. Les gratte-ciels, tels que le Gherkin de Norman Foster, jouent des coudes avec les ruines romaines et des trésors d'architecture datant de toutes les périodes historiques, dont la cathédrale Saint-Paul et la Bank of England dessinée par John Soane. L'activité financière du quartier y a favorisé l'implantation des meilleurs restaurants et hôtels d'Europe, et d'un bon nombre de bars, de boutiques de luxe et de stations de métro. En semaine, la City accueille des cols blancs et le week-end, les touristes profitent du calme du quartier.
Comment s'y rendre
  • Moorgate • À 4 min à pied
  • Barbican • À 5 min à pied
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Linda R
East Cowes, UK29 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
juil. 2023 • En famille
Beautiful building, very peaceful setting. Unfortunately, we could not look inside as it was closed to public.
Écrit le 27 juillet 2023
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Louise V
Londres, UK171 contributions
3,0 sur 5 bulles
juin 2023 • Entre amis
I went to a concert in this church, which is right in the middle of the Barbican estate (so big contrast in architecture).The church is lovely inside but there is no toilet so make sure you go before you arrive!
Écrit le 10 juin 2023
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Brian T
Londres, UK8 053 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
avr. 2023 • En solo
This is almost a bizarre sight: a beautiful medieval church sitting incongruously in the middle of 1970s development where the architecture is nothing short of brutal. The whole district, the Barbican Estate, is characterised by the monumental use of reinforced concrete. Some 2000 flats in both low and high-rise towers were built, amidst a lake with a lakeside terrace, gardens and fountains, shops, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the City of London School for Girls, the Barbican Library, and a world-renowned multi-disciplinary cultural hub that is the Barbican Centre. It’s certainly monumental in scale, very angular and geometric to the eye, unbelievably grey and soulless, very high-density, and very confusing - everything is connected by a nightmare of elevated walkways with multiple entrances and exits. And in the midsts of it all sits St Giles Church, or, to give it its official name, St Giles-without-Cripplegate. And that alone is a good reason to visit, to see this curios site in an even more curious location. In the midst of the ugliness, there is a thing of beauty.

This church has been a part of this area’s history for over 1000 years. Its foundation was a church built in stone around 1090; it was expanded in 1394 when it gained its large gothic windows; the striking brick tower was added in 1694. Even more curious is that whilst the whole area around the church was wiped out during the Second World War, the church survived, despite being hit twice during the Blitz. It was burnt out, though the tower, chancel arcade and outer walls survived.

The church was open when I visited, though there was not a soul in sight. The interior is light and airy as a result of the refit after the Blitz, and there’s many interesting artefacts. Look carefully and you will see some medieval stone seats (sedilia) and a stone basin (piscina). There’s an 18th century font, and a display area on the south wall which shows off a few of the church's best historic artefacts.

It was lovely to just sit awhile and appreciate how this edifice survived the Blitz; it’s a thing of beauty in an area that was savaged during the war and which was rebuilt in quite a savage architectural style (though it was regarded as ‘visionary’ at the time of construction.

The ‘Cripplegate’ suffix refers to one of the defended gateways into the medieval city of London. The word ‘without’ simply means ‘outside’. So ’St Giles-without-Cripplegate’ simply means that the church was outside the medieval walls of London, near the gateway known of Cripplegate. You can actually see sections of that medieval wall which was a built on Roman foundations. It certainly does not refer to lame or crippled people, as you might expect.

It’s worth seeking out. But it’s not the easiest to get to. The elevated covered walkways, with many entrances and exits, seem to lead everywhere. Once you get into the inner core of the Barbican Centre, just locate the church by the gardens and pools, and take whatever stairs you can find to get down to the forecourt of the church. Barbican and Moorgate are the closest underground stations.
Écrit le 18 avril 2023
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leilei00009
Grèce429 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
janv. 2023
Great venue for a concert! Gothic architecture and wonderfule windows and organ. No toilet in here, so make sure you visit one before coming to the church.
Écrit le 19 janvier 2023
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futtock21
Londres, UK16 416 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
févr. 2020 • En solo
The trouble with being part of the Barbican estate is the risk of being incorporated into the arts complex. St. Giles Cripplegate is a church which has existed in this site since medieval times but destroyed three times in its history most recently during the Blitz since when it has been reconstructed following plans as to what it looked like in 1536. It sits on one side of an ornamental lake overlooking the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music. It comes into its own on one of the days celebrating the life and works of an individual composer during which there might be an early afternoon chamber music event in Milton Hall (part of GSM), and an orchestral concert in the evening in Barbican Hall proper with a choral concert in between at St. Giles. Thus it was yesterday for an event celebrating the life and work of Swedish ‘maverick’ (is there such a thing as a conventional Swede I ask myself?) Anders Hallberg . Problem is access to and from the venues the other side of the lake involves a climb up to a high level walkway. Nevertheless yesterday’s concert featuring the BBC Singers in works by Hallberg, late Swede Sandstrom, the dynamic and very much alive Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and mystic Frenchman Oliver Messiaen was well worth the effort. A lot of chit-chat in Swedish from the row immediately behind me before the concert began.
Écrit le 23 février 2020
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susanrichmond3
Barry, UK10 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
déc. 2019 • Entre amis
They were having a book week. Very nice church. Would visit again. Ladies attending inside were very helpful.
Écrit le 25 décembre 2019
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Fosseboy
Australie-Occidentale, Australie621 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2019
Really hidden amongst the tall buildings of the Barbican. Pretty old church. The choir were rehearsing carols so that added to the ambience.
Écrit le 20 novembre 2019
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK7 137 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
juin 2019 • En solo
When visiting the Barbican Centre you cannot avoid seeing St Giles-without-Cripplegate. This Anglican church was one of the few medieval churches left in the City of London, having survived the Great Fire of 1666.

Oliver Cromwell was married in the church in 1620. John Milton (author of Paradise Lost) buried in the church in 1674 and John Bunyan (author of The Pilgrim's Progress) attended the church.

The church contains several interesting items and is thus well worth a visiting.
Écrit le 7 juin 2019
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In-Yong H
Londres, UK658 contributions
4,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2018 • En solo
You might think an old church like this would look out of place in a modern complex like the Barbican, but it really works. Inside, it looks like a pretty standard church but it's a nice place to rest your legs for a bit.
Écrit le 25 octobre 2018
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Nicholas H
Londres, UK20 431 contributions
5,0 sur 5 bulles
oct. 2018 • En solo
There's been a church on this site for well over a thousand years. The current building dates from 1090, but was rebuilt in the Gothic Perpendicular style in 1394 and the tower was added in 1682. The church was heavily restored after suffering severe damage in the Blitz. The interior is very spacious and has some glorious stain glass windows, as well as many statues and busts of famous people associated with the church. It's a curious juxtaposition to find this piece of mediaeval religious history in the middle of the brutalist style Barbican Estate, built in the 1960s and 1980s. Very well worth a visit.
Écrit le 11 octobre 2018
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