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.
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.