St Patrick's Church, Soho Square

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St Patrick's Church is a very large Roman Catholic Parish Church in Soho Square, London that features extensive catacombs (that spread deep under the Square and further afield). St. Pats (as it is informally known) was consecrated as a chapel in a building behind Carlisle House on 29 September 1792.

The present church building was built between 1891 and 1893, to designs by John Kelly of Leeds,[1] and replaced the earlier and smaller chapel built by Father Arthur O'Leary in the 1790s. The church has an unusual longish shape due to plot constrictions given at that time. The building is constructed out of bricks with a bell-tower. The main entrance has a Roman-style porch with Corinthian columns. Above the entrance is an inscription: "VT CHRISTIANI ITA ET ROMANI SITIS" (“Be ye Christians as those of the Roman Church”). It is a quote taken from the writings of St. Patrick.[2]

The building was closed for renovation and refurbishment between 28 February 2010[3] and 31 May 2011.[4]

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  1. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner and Bridget Cherry, London: The Cities of London and Westminster, The Buildings of England, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973, p. 498.
  2. ^ http://www.stpatricksrome.com/ Retrieved 2 july 2011
  3. ^ [1] Retrieved 5 June 2011
  4. ^ [2] Retrieved 5 June 2011

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Coordinates: 51°30′55″N 0°07′53″W / 51.5154°N 0.1314°W / 51.5154; -0.1314