St Paul's Cathedral photos
In this gallery you will see photos of St Paul’s Cathedral: an iconic London landmark. All photos of St Paul’s Cathedral dated 2015-2016 are the actual ones and were taken with iPhone 5s. At 111 metres at its highest point, it was the tallest building in London from 1708 till 1962 and it remains the second largest church in England. Its location on Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London further adds to its stature. St Paul’s Cathedral was the architectural masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, a legendary architect who has given England some of its most treasured sights. This Anglican cathedral was built on the remains of a medieval church in honour of Paul the Apostle which was left in ruins in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The foundation stone was laid by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675 and the last brick was laid by his son, also called Christopher Wren, in 1708 on the lantern.
St Paul’s Cathedral plays a central role in the London with important ceremonies regularly taking place there. For instance, one can recite the funerals of British Prime Ministers: Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and more recently Baroness Margaret Thatcher; military leader Lord Nelson and biologist, botanist, pharmachologist and celebrated especially for his discovery of penicillin Sir Alexander Fleming. More happy occasions also took place at St Paul’s Cathedral like the marriage celebrations of Princess Diana to Prince Charles in 1981, 80th Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee of our reigning Queen Elizabeth II. But these are just to name a few.
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The Stone Gallery which is located 376 steps away (53 metres up from the Gallery floor) is the first of the two outside viewing galleries. It surrounds the base of the Dome and offers fabulous views over the London for those who love panoramic views and taking landscape photos. If you have the energy, a couple of hundred steps up, you will reach The Golden Gallery at 528 steps altogether (85 metres up from the Gallery floor) which offers an even broader panoramic view. The Dome itself is the second largest in the world after St Peter’s Dome in Rome and has wonderful acoustics. The interior gallery which goes around the Dome only requires 257 steps (30 metres up from the Cathedral floor) is called The Whispering Gallery where even the tiniest of noises cause them to echo around the Dome.
You will find Sir Christopher Wren’s tomb along your tour of the Cathedral towards the Eastern side of the Crypt. The writing is in Latin that translates as “Reader, if you seek his memorial, look all around you”. In The Crypt you will find memorials in honour of famous figures and heroes. For example, here you will find a bust of Lawrence of Arabia, who is a World War I hero. He earned his nickname fighting alongside the Arab Tribes in Turkey in 1915 against the Turkish rule. Equally, you will find the tomb of Florence Nightingale first woman to receive the Award of Merit. She is a celebrated social reformer, statistician and founder of modern nursing.