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London sightseeing has a lot to thank architect Christopher Wren for. He also worked on Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.

The current St Paul’s Cathedral is at least the fourth to occupy the site at Ludgate Hill.

When Christopher whalen appointed task for the first time, it’s just retrofitting existing Norman cathedral, in the UK under the rule of the Puritan after years of neglect. His advice was to knock it down and start again, a bold suggestion which was promptly rejected. Just one week later when the Great Fire of London reaped havoc, there was no other choice.

An ‘acoustical oddity’, the famous Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s is one of the few places where a whisper is louder than the spoken word.
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The bizarre sculpture by artist Edward Bainbridge Copal, portraying the lamentable fate of Thomas Becket.

300 year old graffiti! Scattered throughout the Sao Paulo font entry “tag” carved on the walls of 18th century. These may be builder’s work, an example is the 1702 – when the cathedral is still in construction.

St Paul’s under attack

Upon completion St Paul’s Cathedral was critically slammed by eminent politicians and Wren’s contemporaries. Opinion among certain critics was that the medieval/Renaissance fusion was too voluptuous and ‘Catholic’ for stanchly Protestant England.

Attacks became a bit more physical in the 20th Century. In 1913 the Suffragettes planted a bomb under the Bishop’s Throne, (in the choir). It was eventually de-fused and women got the vote.

During the second world war, Winston Churchill in the blitz targeted announced after “cathedral must be preserved at all costs”. Since then, st. Paul’s cathedral is regarded as a ‘spiritual home of the nation.’
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Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Prince Charles and lady Diana spencer married at st Paul’s cathedral in 1981. Royal weddings traditionally took place in Westminster Abbey, but in the choice of the occasion – never ever – Sao Paulo.

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Did you know: It took Lady Diana 3.5 minutes to walk her eight metre gown down the aisle of St Paul’s.

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