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About 10 minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station located in a new residential square is the Fitzrovia Chapel, a grade II* listed building originally built as The Middlesex Hospital Chapel. The hospital itself closed in 2005 and was demolished in 2008. The chapel sat on stilts for five years until Sir Robert McAlpine took over the development of the area and spent £3 million restoring the chapel.
Only small, it takes your breath away. In the picture below the red brick chapel nestles incongruously below the modern apartments in Pearson Square. The large sculpture by Peter Randall-Page is called The One and Many and is inscribed with many symbols from all over the world.
Shall we go in? Fortunately it's Wednesday, the only day it's open to the public.
There's a narthax at the entrance which is lined with memorial tablets of white marble dedicated to staff of the hospital. Through the arches a spectacular sight meets the eye, the mosaics all golden and glittery in the subdued light.
The mosaics are inspired by Italian work in Rome and St Marks in Venice.
Seventeen different marble were used to front the Organ Gallery including rare green connemora (Irish bog marble).
Lets not forget the marble floors.
I think you'll agree that the restoration by architects Caroe & Partners, which included replacing 70% of the gold leaf on the ceiling, looks fabulous.