Tag Archives: Christopher Wren

Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part Two: The Church of Val de Grace

Christopher Wren, the preeminent British architect of the 17th century, visited Paris in 1665 and on his return to London in 1666 and after the great Fire of London he had a hand in the rebuilding of 53 churches including … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: The Domes of Paris, Part One: The Chapel of the Sorbonne

The architectural style known as baroque began in Rome in the 16th century and gradually spread throughout Europe with the help of the Jesuits who built their churches during the campaign known as the Counter-Reformation. But the Jesuits were not … Continue reading

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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. For more than 250 years St … Continue reading

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London 2013: Christopher Wren and the Dome of St Paul’s

We caught our first glimpse of St Paul’s magnificent dome while riding down Fleet Street on our Big Bus sightseeing tour of London.  It is the second largest dome in the world (St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the largest) … Continue reading

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London 2013: The Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site called Maritime Greenwich, is commonly recognized as one of the world’s finest examples of English Baroque architecture. After our visit to the Trafalgar Tavern on our all-day trip … Continue reading

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London 2013: The Royal Observatory

After visiting the National Maritime Museum we trudged up the hill to The Royal Observatory,  one of four institutions that make up the Royal Museums Greenwich (the other three are Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House). … Continue reading

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