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Sir Christopher Wren and St Paul’s Cathedral

Posted in Architecture, Historical articles, History on Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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This edited article about St Paul’s Cathedral originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 954 published on 3 May 1980.

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Sir Christopher Wren inspecting work in progress at St Paul’s, by John Keay

Although there has been a cathedral on Ludgate Hill since 604, the magnificent building we see now was not built until after the Great Fire of London, 1666! Considerable controversy surrounded Sir Christopher Wren’s successive designs for the new cathedral, but work finally went ahead in 1675 and was completed in 1710. Wren died in 1723, at the age of 90, and was the first person to be buried in the new cathedral. A plain black slab marks his grave – but an inscription above it reads, “If you seek his monument, look around you.”

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