St Paul's Cathedral

From the St Paul’s Cathedral website:

The present St Paul’s is the fifth cathedral to have stood on the site since 604, and was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. This was the first cathedral to be built after the English Reformation in the sixteenth century, when Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the jurisdiction of the Pope and the Crown took control of the Church’s life.

The architect of St Paul’s, Sir Christopher Wren, was an extraordinary figure. Although he is now best known as an architect, he was also an astronomer, scientist and mathematician.

Wren was a founder member in 1660 of the Royal Society, a national academy for science, but he was also a man of profound Christian faith. He came from a family of clergy who had been loyal to the Royalist cause during the Civil War, and it was faith that inspired his though. ‘Architecture’, he once explained, ‘aims at eternity.’

As an architect favoured by royalty and state, Wren’s commissions varied wildly. They included the Greenwich Observatory and Greenwich Hospital, and extensive work at Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, as well as some magnificent building in Oxford, where he studied and worked as Professor of Astronomy from 1661 to 1673.

10 Comments CherryPie on Apr 23rd 2012

10 Responses to “Architecture 100 :: 15 – St Paul’s Cathedral”

  1. Astrid says:

    St. Paul’s is one of the world famous landmarks. A wonderful angle. I scrolled through your archive and you have beautiful pictures. Love the glass angle and the POV of the blue flowers in the field.
    I think you had a wonderful day in London, too bad it rained.

    • CherryPie says:

      Thanks Astrid :-)

      It was a great day out. It would have been better without the rain, but we were inside most of the time so it didn’t matter too much.

  2. Ah…. What a lovely day! Ha :D
    It was so balmy, like 20 something in March.
    Now, it’s cold and wet. :(

  3. It’s a while since I’ve been inside St Paul’s but it was always a welcome sight to be glimpsed fro tme to time as I traversed the City

  4. Victoria says:

    So beautiful!

  5. A beautiful site and cathedral!