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St. Paul's Cathedral
The St. Paul's Cathedral is a Baroque-architecture masterpiece, inside and out (see twin-paneled photo).
Design and construction
The renowned Sir Christopher Wren designed St. Paul's Cathedral in 1673 and it was completed several decades later.
Wren obviously gained his inspiration for the dome from Michelangelo's dome for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
It's the latest of a succession of cathedrals occupying the mid-London site. The first was erected over a thousand years earlier, in 604 A.D. Older structures include a Roman Temple of Diana.
St. Paul's cathedral soars 111 meters (365 feet) into the sky.
You can climb up to the dome. First, you reach the circular Whispering Gallery where whispers can be heard from the opposite side. Go higher for a panoramic view of London from the Stone Gallery. Climb even more stairs to the Golden Gallery for an even more breathtaking vista.
Location in England