First built in 694 but destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, the beautiful building that stands today was completed in 1710 ... More
St. Paul's Cathedral
First built in 694 but destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, the beautiful building that stands today was completed in 1710 and designed by Christopher Wren. St. Paul's has been host to many great 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 while touring in London is a must. The Whispering Gallery is worth a special mention as well. Just a whisper against the blank circular wall can famously be heard 42 meters 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.
As soon as you walk in there is a cashier with her cash register waiting for you. Sure, I knew that you had to pay to enter the "church", but I did not realize how much you have to pay. I did not pay to enter but I did take a nice picture outside.
This is not to be missed on your trip to London. Absolutely gorgeous. If you can, step into one of the side chapels to sit for a moment. We were lucky enough to see a wedding party emerge and we applauded the bride and groom and took pictures (from outside). Close to lots of other stuff. This will take you under two hours to see, if time is at a premium.
I loved the view of London and the view of the inside of the Cathedral from the Dome.
I always like the panoramic view of cities but I loved this one.
The Whisper Gallery made me dizzy. Fun dizzy not noxious dizzy. :-) I think it is something about the fact that you have a stone passage on one side and a gaping void on the other.
St. Paul's is a must-see. From its amazing exterior to the brilliant and stunningly beautiful dome on the inside, you can't miss this sight. Be sure to walk up the 1000+ steps to the top of the dome to enjoy a beautiful view of London.
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