Wednesday, January 8, 2014

St. Paul Cathedral



Today we have a picture of another London landmark . . . St. Paul's cathedral. It was built in the 1600's and is still going strong today. It is really very impressive architecture.

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  1. Impressive. I wonder how many of these grand landmarks had to be rebuilt or repaired after WWII?
    -Anne K.

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  2. Designed by Christopher Wren, a devout man who would let not profane speech used by the workmen during construction.

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  3. This is the URL for an interactive map that purportedly shows every bomb dropped in the London vicinity from Oct 1940 to June 1941 (London Blitz) - It is amazing London still exists!

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  4. whoops...forgot the URL

    http://bombsight.org/#9/51.4771/-0.2513

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    1. Interesting! Thanks for the link, Michael.
      -Anne K.

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  5. These photos of London are so sharp I can't help but wonder what type camera was used. Each one looks like it is ready to jump off the page.

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  6. St. Paul's received two direct hits during the Blitz, but thanks to what many considered "over building" there was relatively little damage. Fire bombs fell on Westminster Abbey in May of 1941 and melted the lead on the roof, then burned some of the heavy supporting timbers. Most of these fires were easily (more or less!) extinguished, but one beam, directly over the spot where coronations took place, burned through and fell into the Abbey itself, where it was quickly put out. Everything movable had already been taken to safety, and what wasn't moved was surrounded by sandbags.

    Some smaller churches were very badly damaged and could only be swept up and carted off. In several places, if the steeple still stood, an apartment building was often constructed and the steeple used as an elevator shaft. It's rather eye-catching, to say the least.

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  7. For fellow science fiction fans, Connie Willis has written a great novelette Firewatch about the WWII bombing of St. Paul's.

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