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"Majestic Dome: an Architectural Masterpiece" St. Paul's Cathedral Tip by Durfun

St. Paul's Cathedral, London: 272 reviews and 492 photos

  Sunbathing St Paul's (L), Tower42 & Gherkin (R)
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  • Sunbathing St Paul's (L), Tower42 & Gherkin (R) - London
      Sunbathing St Paul's (L), Tower42 & Gherkin (R)
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  • Approaching St Paul's from the Thames - London
      Approaching St Paul's from the Thames
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Easily seen from the south of the river, beautifully framing the cityscape of the City of London.

Something ancient and historic alongside the modern skyscrapers of the city (Tower42, Swiss Re), making it one of the landmarks for recognising London. Due to damage, it has been rebuilt many times! The dome rises 365 feet above the city

Crypts of Duke of Wellington, Nelson, and Christopher Wren can be found here. Nelson lies directly beneath the Dome's middle. The dome weighs 65,000 tonnes, supported by 8 pillars. The Cathedral is built in the shape of a cross, with the dome crowning the intersection of the arms.

There are 3 Galleries:
1. Whispering - 259 steps up, runs around the interior
2. Stone - 378 steps from ground level (at 173 feet), encircles the outside of the dome
3. Golden - 530 steps up, runs around the highest point of the outer dome (280 feet up)

This place was first 'wowed' by my Civil engineer friend visiting from the US in 1996, but I only managed to go here this year!! Did try once in 2003 but was too late to climb up the Dome. The dome is believed to be one of the largest of its kind, and the echo effects heard here are particularly unique.

A great way to approach it & view it's majesty: starting from the Southbank (near Tate Modern), walk towards it on the Millenium footbridge.

It's not close as it looks, for even after getting off the bridge on the north side there is a fair bit of walking to do!

You can also get good photos of it from the River Cafe of Tate Modern.

Address: St Pauls Churchyard, EC4
Directions: Best accessed via the Millenium footbridge connecting Tate Modern on the South bank to St Pauls on the north bank.

Nearest tube station: St Pauls; others: Mansion House or Blackfriars.

Phone: 0 20 7236 4128

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2010
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