First built in 694 but destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, the beautiful building that stands today was designed by Sir ... More
St. Paul's Cathedral
First built in 694 but destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, the beautiful building that stands today was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1710. St. Paul's has been host to many important occasions including the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. There are numerous treasures to see and experience in St. Paul's; a visit is a must. However, the Whispering Gallery is worth a special mention. Just a whisper against the blank circular wall can be heard 42 meters (137.7 feet) away on the opposite side.
Not being Catholic, I did not quite understand the appeal of a massive cathedral. The prospect of it seemed boring and a waste of our limited time in London. But it was an amazingly pleasant time. The mood inside the cathedral is one of reverance, both for God and for the history of the building. But the secret lies in about 3000 steps you can climb to the top of the tower. The trip is divided into three sections, each unique, with the last being a bird's-eye view of London from the top of the cathedral's dome. Well worth the hike.
Absolutely awesome. Fantastic architecture, breathtaking view of the inside of the dome from ground level. Climbed the steps to the Whispering gallery, looked around, got dizzy & came back down!! (very steep, narrow winding steps, not suitable for everybody) Fantastically decorated, saw statues which survived the great fire of london, still blackened by the smoke. A real experience, go there, you'll love it. (no, i'm not getting paid to say that!!!!)
I would definitely reccomend visiting St. Paul's to others. It's so beautiful, and all the architecture is amazing. I loved looking at all the paintings, and the Whisper Gallery was great! Being at the very top of the cathedral- I can't even describe it, it was just such a great experience, all of it.
It was definitely worth the time and money (not a bad admission fee either!).
We went to St. Paul's on a Sunday. We didn't plan it that way, but in the end, we were glad to have done so. We needed a break from all the walking we were doing around central London, and sitting through an Anglican vespers service wasn't the worst way to take a break. The singing during the service was wonderful. After the service, we were allowed to sightsee through the cathedral, where many notables are buried, though few, if any, monarchs. The cathedral looks like it could be the younger brother of St. Peter's in Rome, and, in fact, there was a huge outcry when the dome was included in the final plan--the Puritans thought it looked too Catholic.
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