Friday, June 29, 2018

Museum of the Order of St John

London The Unfinished City
St John's Gate.

Friday June 29, 2018.

It was another warm day that I had spent wandering the streets of the Unfinished City, following the old Roman Walls, when, after stopping for some refreshment, I found what looked like a castle gate. Intrigued, I decided to pop in to see what it was about.

London The Unfinished City
The Most Venerable Order of St John.

It turns out that this is the home of the Museum of the Order of St John. The museum charts the origins of this religious military order, from 11th century Jerusalem, through to its modern role as the international first aid charity, the St John Ambulance.

London The Unfinished City

So, in I went.

Some of the areas, like the Priory church and its crypt, plus the rooms upstairs could only be accessed on a guided tour. Unfortunately, I did not have the time for a guided tour, so I just enjoyed the museum galleries, on the ground floor, plus the garden beside the Priory church. 

London The Unfinished City
A Templar chair.

The galleries contain a wealth of historic information, artefacts and models and the garden is a quiet oasis in the heart of a bustling area, where small tables and chairs are available to soak up the peace and serenity of the space.

London The Unfinished City
The Cloister.

I will be visiting again, hopefully soon, to take in the whole of this building.

London The Unfinished City
"I'll take the Priory!"

To see more photographs from my trip, click the link below.

For anyone interested in the history of this charity, St John's Gate is well worth the visit.

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