Built in 1675, St Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican church and one of the most prominent landmarks in London, and was actually the tallest building in the capital from until 1967. It is still one of the highest domes in the world.
Imagery of the Cathedral is abundant, but one of the most famous and striking is the photograph taken by Herbert Mason, showing the Cathedral during ‘the Second Great Fire of London’- a phrase coined at the time by an American journalist broadcasting describing one of the most brutal bombing sprees on the capital during the 2nd World War, when approximately 100,000 bombs were dropped on the nights of the 29th and 30th of December in 1940.
The iconic nature of the Cathedral can be seen not only in the historic events which have taken place there (seen by millions around the world when Prince Charles and Diana Spencer married there on 29 July 1981), but by the amount it is featured in art, tv and movies, often as an immediate identifier of London, and by extension, ‘all things British.’ featured to varying degrees in the likes of Mary Poppins, Lawrence of Arabia, The Madness of King George, Harry Potter, Thor: the Dark World, and Sherlock Holmes to name just a few.
RagTagMagpie’s Top Tip: Whilst one of the most visited tourist attractions in London, St. Paul’s Cathedral is still an actively working church- so while there is a (considerable) entry fee for tourists, if you’re there to pray, it’s free…
I posted this earlier this year but here’s the painting I did for my dad for Christmas