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In 2004 and 2006 we traveled to London, England

London St. Pauls Cathedral 01 Outside Full View St. Paulís Cathedral was initially built in 604AD, and was rebuilt in 675, 962 and 1087. Following the Reformation, the cathedral fell into disrepair. Inigo Jones began its restoration in 1633, adding a neo-classical portico. Sir Christopher Wren submitted a proposal for rebuilding, which the Fire of London in 1666 allowed to be realized. Wrenís design received approval in 1675 with construction being finished in 1710. Here is a full view of St. Paulís Cathedral from the west, with the Bell and Lantern at the very top 111m above the church floor, and the Clock Tower to the right.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 01 Outside Full View

London St. Pauls Cathedral 02 Outside Lantern Close Up Here is a close up of St. Paulís Cathedral from the west, with the cross 111m above the church floor. Below the cross is the Lantern and the outer, lead-encased dome. At the base of the lantern is the famous Golden Gallery, which offers panoramas of London.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 02 Outside Lantern Close Up

London St. Pauls Cathedral 03 Outside Temple Bar Just outside St. Paulís Cathedral is Wrenís Temple Bar, which was moved to Paternoster Square in late 2004. Temple Bar is the only surviving gateway to the City of London, where it once stood at the junction where the Strand meets Fleet Street for more than 200 years

London St. Pauls Cathedral 03 Outside Temple Bar

London St. Pauls Cathedral 04 Quire and Ceiling From under the dome, the Quire at St. Paulís Cathedral extends to the east of the dome and holds the stalls for the clergy and the choir and the organ

London St. Pauls Cathedral 04 Quire and Ceiling

London St. Pauls Cathedral 05 Quire Looking Back To Dome From the far east of St. Paulís Cathedral, here is a view looking past the quire to the ceiling and the main dome area.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 05 Quire Looking Back To Dome

London St. Pauls Cathedral 06 Ceiling Side Aisle Hereís a view of the beautiful ceiling in the south choir in St. Paulís Cathedral.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 06 Ceiling Side Aisle

London St. Pauls Cathedral 07 Dome The St. Paulís Cathedral altar sits beneath Wrenís great dome, which he conceived as an observatory linking heaven and earth. Statues portray doctors of both western and eastern churches. The Whispering Gallery is visible circling under the dome. We climbed 30m to the Whispering Gallery in St. Paulís Cathedral, where a whisper on one side can be heard 32m away on the other. The security guard was very diligent at not allowing any photos to be taken.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 07 Dome

London St. Pauls Cathedral 08 Dome Close Up The St. Paulís Cathedral great dome contains paintings by Thornhill depicting the life of St. Paul. Mosaics show the four evangelists and Old testament prophets.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 08 Dome Close Up

London St. Pauls Cathedral 09 Golden Gallery View Of Thames We climbed 86m to the Golden Gallery at St. Paulís Cathedral and enjoyed a spectacular view of London. Here is the view to the south west with the Thames River snaking through London, and the London Eye ferris wheel visible on the horizon.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 09 Golden Gallery View Of Thames

London St. Pauls Cathedral 10 Golden Gallery View Of Ludgate Hill From the top of the Golden Gallery at St. Paulís Cathedral, we looked towards the west, looking up Ludgate Hill.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 10 Golden Gallery View Of Ludgate Hill

London St. Pauls Cathedral 11 Golden Gallery View Of Canary Wharf From the top of the Golden Gallery at St. Paulís Cathedral, here is a view eastward to Canary Wharf, which has the tallest building in England at 244m. On the left in the foreground is 30 St. Mary Axe, infamously known as the Gherkin.

London St. Pauls Cathedral 11 Golden Gallery View Of Canary Wharf