A gallery devoted to St. Paul's Cathedral, London. This is Sir Christopher Wren's architectural flagship, and is a true masterpiece. For those viewing this site from afar, Christopher Wren was responsible for many of the ecclesiastical buildings in the City of London. Much of his work was done rebuilding, after the "great fire of London." See the City Church gallery to appreciate this.
The gallery is not the normal tourist type shots of the exterior, but a view from within, containing a few "out of the ordinary" shots thrown in for good measure!
Enjoy this magnificent building, and the views from it.
Let's start with a few unusual shots! Part of the organ, with the largest pipe in view (notice the ladder on the end?) This shot has been a bit enhanced, as the original was pretty dark.
Again, part of the organ. This looks along the 32' Contra Bombarde (for those who really need to know!) This and the previous shot were taken in the Dome part of the organ.
Yet more bits of organ, but this time you get a decent view of the Cathedral. This looks from the west end of the building. The pipes in the foreground are the Royal Trumpets. These are normally reserved for special occasions.
A somewhat blurred shot (sorry, I don't know what happened) looking south-west from the Dome part of the organ.
Looking down from the whispering gallery. This is located at the base of the dome. The whispering gallery is so-called, because if someone does so much as whisper against the wall of the opposite side, it can be easily heard from where you are.
A final view from within various parts of the organ. This is looking down to the floor area directly below the dome.
The first of some exterior views. This is taken from the base of the dome.
Another somewhat blurred view. This looks east, along the north chancel wall. The top part is just a wall. To see what I mean, view the following...
When conventional Churches and Cathedrals have such things as flying buttresses on view, why doesn't this building? Well - the truth is it does, but they're hidden behind a "sham" type (curtain) wall. To see what I mean, study this shot!
The first of a collection of views from the "Golden gallery". This is a circular viewing platform at the top of the dome. This looks west. Ludgate Hill is directly ahead.
Raising our sight from the previous shot, this is zoomed in on the west end of the City. I've tried to arrange the next few shots going clockwise. One of London's first sky-scrapers in the form of the Telecom Tower can be seen right of centre.
Zoomed out from the previous shot. Telecom Tower is now in perspective. The buildings in the immediate foreground are part of the brand-new Paternoster Square complex. The building behind this, with a dome to its right is the "Old Bailey" criminal court.
Looking down to Paternoster Square. This new complex of buildings has sprouted within the last five or six years, and has been a welcome replacement for some lacklustre sixties constructions!
Looking towards "the City". Just left of centre is the stock exchange. Slightly left of that is the Nat-West building, aka Tower 42. The bullet shaped construction in the centre is the new Swiss Re building, aka the erotic gherkin!
Straight ahead is the concrete jungle of the Barbican Centre, opened March 1982 after 11 years in the making. To the right, City Point can be seen. London's original sky-scraper, recently given a facelift.
The Tower of London is on the left. To its right is the famous Tower Bridge. In the middle distance to the left of centre is Monument, built in remembrance of the fire of London.
Looking south. The transmission towers of Crystal Palace can be seen in the distance.
Another south-facing shot. the Millennium foot-bridge can be seen here over the Thames. At the far end of it is the Tate Modern art gallery, originally a power station, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. He was (among many other things) responsible for the famous red phone boxes in Britain!
Turning slightly right from the previous shot, we conclude our circle of the Golden gallery. This looks south-west towards the now World famous "London Eye". Blackfriars bridge(s) can be seen in the foreground.
One of two shots looking directly down to the Cathedral building. This one looks west. Some of the detail at the top of the dome can be seen.
Looking east. The "sham walls" we examined earlier can be seen in perspective here.
Descending inside the dome. These intricate stairwells took a bit of working out for their routes. This is the way down, there is another route for going up!
Just a couple of shots of the exterior. The renovated west end can be seen here.
A view from the south-east. Some restoration is still going on. St Augustine with St Faith can be seen on the right.
*Although the western towers were completed by 1700, it was not until 1878 that the present ring of bells were hung!