Saturday, October 29, 2011

Travels: St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England)

 I strolled through the St. Paul's Churchyard.  It was a lovely spring day in London.

I love this photo of a wooden park bench etched with "City of London" and the beautiful spring flowers in the background.

The current St. Paul's Cathedral was built between 1675 and 1710 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren.  It is the 5th cathedral to be built on this site.  Admission is 9.50 GBP for adults.

St. Paul's Cathedral has the largest swinging bell in Europe, Great Paul, which strikes daily at 1pm.  The hour bell, Great Tom, strikes the hour and marks the death of royalty and senior churchmen.

A water fountain with a statue of Queen Anne sits in front of the cathedral. 
The design of the cathedral is a work of art.  If you climb the 259 steps to the Whispering Gallery you will be treated to an acoustic marvel.  Whisper against the wall and you will be heard at the clear other side of the gallery.  Climb 530 steps to the Stone Gallery for amazing views of London.  Even further up is the Inner Golden Gallery, at the top of the inner dome.  
This is a view of the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern from the top of St. Paul's.

St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Churchyard


the red headed traveler said...

St. Paul's is one of my favorite sights in London. I'm very jealous you got to be there when the bulbs were in full season! I used to have a poster of the famous image of the cathedral during the Blitz, it's such a striking edifice!

suburban veg gardener said...

Beautiful photos. I'm not sure you'd recognise it if you visited today though...

~Holly~ said...

the red headed traveler: Yeah, I was lucky that the flowers were still blooming. It's a stunning cathedral!

suburban veg gardener: I've been reading about the occupy movement in front of the cathedral. I hope there's no violence. Thanks for the link!