St Paul's Cathedral

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    St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral dedicated to Paul the Apostle. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, and is the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, all having been built on the same site since AD 604. The cathedral is one of London's most famous and most recognisable sights. At 365 feet (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. In terms of area, St Paul's is the second largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.

    Important services held at St Paul's include the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The British Royal Family holds most of its important marriages, christenings and funerals at Westminster Abbey, but St Paul's was used for the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. St Paul's Cathedral is still a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services.

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    1. Matt Porter Photography 46 months ago | reply

      An excellent photo :)

      Christopher Wren originally wanted to build the new St Paul's cathedral in a classical plan, and with an even bigger dome. Models of his initial proposals are still preserved.

      However the anglican church wanted to differentiate itself from Europe's catholicisms, (The renaissance was a little late reaching Britain!) and demanded a Gothic plan, typical of British medieval architecture - with a spire atop a small dome - this would have been an ugly hybrid of concepts.

      Fortunately Wren ignored his client and built the church that exists today - in my opinion Britain's most beautiful cathedral, and one that sits beautifully in London's urban landscape.

      Here's a link to a picture of Wren's original model:

    2. wallygrom 46 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Matt!

      Thanks for the extra info on St Pauls, very interesting. I agree, it's a very beautiful piece of architecture! As an American resident of Britain, I will never cease to be impressed at the way modern life merges seamlessly with times gone by.

    3. Matt Porter Photography 46 months ago | reply

      My pleasure - I spent some time in London recently for one of the units of my architecture degree, I got saturated with this kind of trivia and I like having a chance to use it in conversation! lol.

      And its true, the way cities like London have evolved over time, there are some wonderful anachronisms that just blend in seemlessly.

      How are you finding the Canon by the way? I was wondering if the colour in this picture was all natural or needed much post production? - it looks stunning. I'm using a Nikon bridge camera (against a lot of people's advice! :P ) but I've been made up with the results so far :) ...

    4. wallygrom 46 months ago | reply

      I do like my little Canon although I miss my Canon EOS 500. (Film camera). I still have it, and I still use it, but it's too expensive on films and developing! When I win the lottery, I will treat myself to the digital version :-)

      What I miss is the ability to take a really good close up shot ... flowers and insects are favorite subjects of mine. But the PowerShot is excellent for travel photography because it's so compact and very versatile.

      I almost never do any post processing, apart from a bit of cropping occasionally. Unless I'm feeling in an "arty farty" mood, in which case I might play around, but I rarely post those! The color here is totally as it was.

    5. Matt Porter Photography 46 months ago | reply

      I still have my old Pentax P30 - which was made in the 80s so its as old as me! It had a superb lens though, but as you say - developing film is expensive, and by the time I've finished fiddling around with shutter speeds and twisted some knobs and levers I've used a whole roll of film... the 'delete' button is a marvelous thing!

      I must admit I've ventured a bit too far into the realm of"arty-fartyness" lately - but I am finding that now I'm used to the camera and I can leave the automatic settings behind I'm getting some fair shots straight from the camera.

    6. letuchumee 19 months ago | reply

      this is a lovely picture

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