St John's Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth

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The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Portsmouth, England. It was opened in 1882 and is the first cathedral to have been built in Portsmouth. It is the mother church of the Portsmouth diocese and seat of the Bishop of Portsmouth, currently the Right Reverend Philip Egan. It was dedicated on 10 August 1882.
The cathedral is one of two cathedral churches in the city, the other being the Church of England Cathedral Church of St Thomas which is located about one mile to the south.
The cathedral was originally designed by John Crawley in 1877-1881. Crawley died just as building started and his partner Joseph Hansom took over the project and modified the design, working on it until 1896. The church is built of Fareham Red Brick with Portland Stone dressings. Most of the stained-glass windows sustained some bomb damage in 1941, especially those over the high altar. The round window in the south transept was the only one not damaged. An elaborate baldacchino surmounting the high altar was removed in the 1970 reordering. The last part to be built was St Patrick's Chapel in 1924.
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  • Near to Cascades shopping centre is this Roman Catholic church. Brick built building with some nice architectural features.  more »
  • There are more impressive examples of RC Cathedrals but this is ok. Traditional brick built and located next to the HM naval base. Large church set in the busy road network around that part of the cit...  more »
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  • Not the most historical of venues but an extremely well built cathedral. Central position, free parking and the acoustics are memorable. On a par with the Anglican cathedral in Old Portsmouth, well worth a visit
  • The Catholic Cathedral in Portsmouth is a beautiful place, the internal decor is great and has a calm and peaceful aura. I was there for the ordination of my good friend as a deacon. There is also a small shop where you can purchase some religious books, cards, icons etc.
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