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Published on Jan 12, 2011
See the sister video presentation, elsewhere on you-tube, which shows the exquisite neighborhood-view from the windows of the bell tower of this architectural masterpiece.
The original St Columba's Church building of 1884 was destroyed by wartime bombing during the night of 10 May 1941.
It was rebuilt on the same site in the 1950s to a striking contemporary design by the architect Sir Edward Maufe, who also designed Guildford Cathedral. The church is named after Columba, the great Ulster saint.
The building is on the edge of the "Tiara Triangle", the un-offical neighborhood with other sensational buildings in it and lots of tasteful extravagent retail fashion shops. The triangle is bounded by: the street: Knightsbridge by Hyde Park, Sloane Street and Beauchamp Place. Therefore it includes the Army Barracks. I wonder how many soldiers have tiaras; don't ask don't tell ! . . There is a nice small organ in an ante room on the ground floor.