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The Romantic Locations of One Day
Posted June 23, 2011 to photo album "The Romantic Locations of One Day"
From Scotland to Northern France, One Day’s 20-year saga visits some stunning locations.
London: The Lady Chapel in Westminster Cathedral
In One Day, when Tilly (Jodie Whittaker) gets married at The Lady Chapel in Westminster Cathedral, both Dexter and Emma are in attendance. It’s a magnificent space in one of London’s most important Catholic churches. Conceived in the 19th century, after the Catholic Church reestablished itself in England, Westminster Cathedral was designed by John Bentley under the instructions that it should have a wide nave and look nothing like the better-known Westminster Abbey. Avoiding the more common Gothic style, Bentley turned to Byzantine architecture for design precedents. The Cathedral’s towering redbrick edifice became a significant addition to the Neo-Byzantine movement that occurred in Britain towards the end of the 19th century. In keeping with the Byzantine style, the cathedral, and especially the Lady Chapel, sports luminous and detailed mosaics. In the Lady Chapel, the altar is centered on a mosaic of the tree of life (with Mary and an image of London on its left, and St. Peter and image of the cathedral on its right). Designed by Robert Anning Bell, and put in place by Gertrude Martin in 1912, the mosaic hints at a wide range of Biblical meanings and stories. One of the most interesting details is the incorporation of so many birds throughout. Partially suggesting the annunciation, partially used as decoration, the birds in the Lady Chapel, according to historian Patrick Rogers, “total …163, of which at least 44 are symbolic, 18 more carry a message and the rest are…just birds.”