St. Paul's Cathedral


St. Paul's Cathedral is Londonís largest church.  After the Great Fire of London in 1666, the medieval cathedral of St. Paul's was in ruins.  Sir Christopher Wren was selected to rebuild the church.  His grandiose 1672 Great Model plan was not popular but his determination paid off, as can be seen from the grandeur of the present cathedral, considered his masterpiece.  The golden cross surmounting it is 365 feet above ground; the golden ball on which it rests is 6 feet in diameter.  The lantern, ball, and cross weigh a total of 850 tons.  Surrounding the interior of the dome is the Whispering Gallery, an acoustical marvel where the faintest whisper can be heard on the opposite side.   Aided by some of the finest craftsmen of his day, Wren created an interior of grand majesty and Baroque splendor, a worthy setting for the many great ceremonial events that have taken place here.  These include the funeral of Winston Churchill in 1965 and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. The Duke of Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren are buried here.   The dome of St. Paul's Cathedral was the inspiration for the dome of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. 

In an image below one can see the clever way recent renovation is being masked by the covered scaffolding.  Another image is of an artist's depiction shortly after completion of the Cathedral.  The last image was taken before renovation began.

 

       
       
       
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