St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Deep in the vaults below St Paul’s Cathedral lie the remains of Sir Christopher Wren, architect. Translated, the words above say “if you seek his monument, look around you.’ It is certainly true. St Paul’s Cathedral is the idea and concept of just one man. His vision led to the rebuilding of this historic cathedral after its destruction in the Great Fire of London, creating one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It is visited by hundreds of people every day, keen to explore this magnificent building.
The great dome of St Paul’s towers over all other buildings in the vicinity. Countless major events have taken place here such as the commemoration services for the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee’s of H.M The Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Victoria also celebrated her jubilee’s here, and it was the venue for the services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars. It was the venue for the funerals of Lord Nelson and Sir Winston Churchill, and the ill-fated wedding of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.
It is not surprisingly one of the most photographed buildings in London, whether it be close up around St Paul’s Churchyard or from across the river. Yet more people make the long trek up the stairs to the very top of the Dome for some superb views across London. Be warned – there are no lifts, just hundreds of steps. But the effort is certainly worth it. After all the exhaustion, you can simply book and relax in one of the many nearby Aparthotels London.
The first stop is the Whispering Gallery which demonstrates the superb acoustics of the building. You can whisper on one side of the Gallery, and be heard on the other side. Climb further up the stairs to the Stone Gallery and then the Golden Gallery, which allows you to stand on the outside of the dome looking out across the streets of London. The views are spectacular. You can truly see for miles.
There has been a cathedral on this site since 604AD. It is located at the highest point in the city of London, on top of Ludgate Hill. The dome is one of the highest in the world as it rises to 111 metres above the streets of London far below.
After climbing to the top of the cathedral, you can go underground, and explore the crypt where many important people lie buried. These include Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington – and of course, Sir Christopher Wren himself.
For tourists, lot many Holiday Apartments London are situated around it to give visitors a lavish tour with comfortable stay.