London 2013: Back to St Paul’s

We paid one more visit to St Paul’s when we rode on the Tube one day with our Irish cousins to Paul’s Station and then walked across the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern.

The National Firefighters Memorial near St Paul's.

The National Firefighters Memorial near St Paul’s — originally a tribute to the firefighters who fought the fires during the Blitz but in 1998 the tribute was extended to all firefighters in the UK who gave their lives while fighting fires.

The south side of St Paul's faces the Thames.

The south side of St Paul’s faces the Thames.

View from the South Transept of St Paul's. It began to rain as we commenced our walk to the Millennium Bridge.

View from the South Transept of St Paul’s. It began to rain as we commenced our walk to the Millennium Bridge.

Looking back at St Paul's half-way to the bridge.

Looking back at St Paul’s. I’m about  half-way to the bridge.

A wider view and a little bit closer to the bridge.

A wider view (and I’m a little bit closer to the bridge).

The bridge opened in 2000 but closed after a couple of days because it was too wobbly. It reopened in 2002 after repairs to correct vibrations caused by pedestrians walking across the bridge.

The bridge opened in 2000 but closed after a couple of days because it was too wobbly. It reopened in 2002 after repairs to correct vibrations caused by pedestrians walking across the bridge.

View of St Paul's from the south side of the bridge. You have to walk down one level to enter the Tate Modern.

View of St Paul’s from the south side of the bridge. You have to walk down one level to enter the Tate Modern.

View of the Millennium Bridge and St Paul's from the Tate Modern.

View of the Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s from the Tate Modern.

For more than 250 years St Paul’s was the tallest building in London. Then they built the BT Tower in the 1960s and 38 more buildings since then that are taller than the cathedral.

Yes, St Paul’s is a big church. But it is also a big national symbol. Most of central London was obliterated by the German bombs that fell for 57 consecutive days in 1940 but St Paul’s mighty dome stood proudly above the smoke and survived the Blitz, giving Londoners both a determination for survival and a hope for eventual victory.

This year we will be traveling to Paris and hope to see some of the buildings that inspired Christopher Wren in the building of his great cathedral. And we’ll also visit some of the newer buildings whose architects were in turn inspired by Christopher Wren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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