Saturday Snapshots #17

by Jeanne on December 20, 2008

in London Life, Photography, Saturday Snapshots

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St Paul's Cathedral, August 2007

St Paul's cathedral in central London is Sir Christopher Wren's crowning achievement.  Completed in 1708 as a replacement for a previous St Paul's cathedral on the same site (which was gutted in the Great Fire of London in 1666), its great dome was inspired by St Peter's basilica in Rome.  The dome rises to an impressive 365 feet at the cross and it is possible to ascend the 350 steps to the little golden gallery that you can just make out atop the lead-clad dome.  For the less adventurous, there is the famous Whispering Gallery which runs around the interior circumference of the base of the dome (a mere 259 steps from ground level).  Both the interior and exterior views are well worth the climb.  The cathedral was targeted inthe London Blitz during World War II but miraculously survived, and I cannot think of a building in London that gives me more joy.  

This photo is unusual not only because of the wonderful interplay of clouds and sun, but also because this is not a view that is normally accessible.  When I took the photo, an entire block of buildings on Cheapside had just been knocked down for redevelopment, and suddenly this rather lovely and previously hidden vista of St Pauls was visible from its eastern end.  Sadly, not long after it was taken, the cranes went up and there is now a massive construction site creating a new building that will block off this view for good. 

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.

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Manggy December 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm

That is truly a once-in-a-lifetime shot then! Very well done Jeanne. Too bad it’s going away :( Maybe the council will change their minds when they see this beautiful pic!


Andrew December 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Great shot – love the streaming sunlight


Natalian December 21, 2008 at 7:03 am

This is an amazing shot! The light in the backround eluminates around St Pauls giving it a heavenly sense. I love shots where nature plays a starring role and you, as photographer, are there to capture her in her brilliance!


Gill December 21, 2008 at 12:16 pm

That’s a brilliant photo. How sad that no-one will get to see it like that in real life again!!


Elra December 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Wow, Jeanne.
That’s really is a beautiful photo. I love the streaming sunlight, as of the angles will come down to safe St. Paul from the construction in front of it.
Have a wonderful holiday season.


ilva December 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm

that is one gorgeous photo! I’m sure Wren would have loved it, adding even more glory to his creation!


catering equipment December 22, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Amazing photo!!!!


Darius T. Williams December 23, 2008 at 1:26 am
Paz December 26, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Wow! Awesome photo!


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