Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Desinged by Inigo Jones and completed in 1627, it hosted Roman Catholic services for the next three queens, and served others during the interregnum and when there were no Royal Catholics in power. Today it is perhaps Jones' least altered surviving work.
From HRH Margaret's memorial site, with a picture:http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page966.asp
Photos from a walking tour:http://golondon.about.com/od/londonpictures/ig/...
Further history in this first page of an article by Simon Bradley in the journal, Architectural History, Vol. 44:http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0066-622X%2820...
The Queen's Chapel is a chapel in central London, England, that was designed by Inigo Jones and built between 1623 and 1625 as an external adjunct to St. James's Palace for Roman Catholic queen Henrietta Maria. It is one of the facilities of the British monarch's personal religious establishment, the Chapel Royal, and should not be confused with the 1540 building known as the Chapel Royal within the palace and just across Marlborough road.
It was built as a Roman Catholic chapel at a time when the construction of Catholic churches was prohibited in England, and was used by Charles I's Catholic queen Henrietta Maria. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_Chapel
A little-known tourist secret. The Tudor Chapel Royal in St. James Palace and the Queen's Chapel across the street are both closed to the public. They ARE open to the public once a week for Sunday services. You will be able to hear the red-liveried Chapel Royal Choir sing superbly and listen to one of the Queen's Chaplains preach eloquently. Half of the year, the services are in the Chapel Royal and the other half are in the Queen's Chapel. This is a rare opportunity to visit two of the most important churches in London. Tallis, Byrd , Purcell & Handel all conducted their music music in the Chapel Royal. For details and music lists, check the link on the British Monarchy website:http://www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalResidences/TheC...
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