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St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral stands on a foundation started in AD 604, although it was reconstructed at the end of the 17th century following London’s most memorable fire tragedy. The building, dedicated to St Paul’s, has dominated London’s skyline for over 300 years. Indeed, between 1710 and 1967, the Anglican cathedral dome was the tallest building in London, with an impressive 365-feet height. The cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of London, and the seat of the London Bishop. Important to note however, is that few of the regular visitors however go to the Grade-1 listed building for religious reasons.

Most tourists and locals purchase sightseeing tickets only to climb the more than five levels from where to have an unrivalled panoramic view of London. Further, the cathedral like Big ten, is among the most iconic, famous and widely recognisable cultural symbols of London. The church dome is the second-largest church building across the United Kingdom, closely following the Liverpool Cathedral, and among the tallest in the world. It is in this cathedral where the Prince of Wales, Charles, wedded Lady Diana Spencer, where Queen Victoria celebrated her Jubilee, and where London marked the end of the First World War and the Second World War. This very cathedral has been the honoured host of Elizabeth II’s thanksgiving services for her Silver Jubilee, Golden Jubilee, and Diamond Jubilee, and most recently her 80th birthday, and most recently her 90th birthday.

The ticket also guarantees you a multi-lingual multimedia guide to accompany you encourse the walk. The guides are especially knowledgeable about the architecture, history and daily operations of the cathedral, and also of the London sites you watch from the echelon. In recent times, a tour at St. Paul’s Cathedral now includes an exhibition of what the cathedral underwent before, during and after the tragic Great Fire of London. Walking where political leaders, royalty, and celebrities have walked before you gives you an opportunity to admire the architectural feat that Sir Christopher Wren attained over three centuries ago. The cathedral hosted the last national respects of the Duke of Wellington, Admiral Lord Nelson, Sir Winston Churchill, and more recently Margaret Thatcher, prior to their burial, and then hosted their funeral services.

Much of the time you are there however, will be spent in the Golden Gallery and Stone Gallery admiring the spectacular sight of London from above. You also get an opportunity to enter the Whispering Gallery, anchored on the dome, and explore the range of unique acoustics you can master. As you head out, you can also take a second to glance over the crypt, a burial place for legendary national heroes. The exhibition also covers your access to the Oculus Film Room, where you can watch an award-winning feature-film, Resurgam, covering the historical destruction and gradual rebirth of what is now a priced London cathedral. Like a candle standing from the Ludgate Hill, St. Paul’s Cathedral is indeed a must-see item on a tourist’s itinerary when visiting London.

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