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Friday, June 10, 2011

St Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London is a powerful icon of the city up there with such popular London attractions as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus.

St. Paul's is, as every British schoolgirl and schoolboy should know, the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren and part of his plan for the rebuilding of London following the Great Fire of 1666.

A St. Paul's Cathedral had stood on the spot since 604 and the present building, the fourth, was constructed between 1675 and 1710. St. Paul's stands at the very heart of some momentous occasions in British history including the state funerals of such celebrated warriors as Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill, the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria and, of course, the royal wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana took place at St. Paul's as well.

The dome at St Paul's is modelled on that of St. Peter's in Rome and is 108m tall - St. Paul's remained the tallest building in Britain, in fact, until 1962. The cathedral holds the tombs or memorial plaques of a number of famous people including the poet John Donne, The Duke of Wellington, Lord Nelson, Sir Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, Florence Nightingale and Dr. Samuel Johnson, who lived nearby.

St. Paul's sustained bomb damage in World War II but remained in tact as a symbol of British defiance despite a few very close shaves.

South of the River Thames near St. Paul's are Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and the London Eye.

St Paul's Cathedral
Saint Paul's Church Yard
London EC4M 8AD
Tel: 020 7246 8357

The nearest tube stations are St. Paul's on the Central Line and Mansion House on the District & Circle Line.

St Paul's Cathedral Map

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