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New Delhi, India
September 13, 2002
St Paul’s is spectacular- twin-towered, huge, heavily ornamented, carved and gilded, and with the tombs of much of Britain’s glitterati within the church. We visited the church just after lunch (a mistake, as we later discovered, as we weren’t allowed to see most of the tombs, including the crypt, because part of the church was being cordoned off for evensong at 3.15. The crypt’s main occupant is Lord Nelson , whose tomb lies in the centre of the crypt, directly beneath the Dome.
Within the church, the most awesome feature is the high altar- it’s huge, and truly impressive: all of four tons of Italian marble, topped with a cross which towers three metres high. Spend at least 10-15 minutes wandering around the church, looking in on the beautiful chapels. After seeing the church, take some time off in the churchyard- it’s a deliciously quiet, serene and lovely place, great for a breather from the crowded cathedral itself.
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Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
November 3, 2000
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by Sarah the Expat
London, United Kingdom
March 30, 2004
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May 18, 2003
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January 22, 2002
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From journal London--above & underground
by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
January 14, 2001
Remember when visiting that they don't allow cameras inside and that they are quite addept at chastising you when you even so much as take your camera out of the bag, but don't let this discourage you from visiting.
Gorgeous on the inside, you could spend a day or more merely reading the inscriptions of the various sculptures, memorials and tombs that reside within this famous landmark. To me, some highlights include the very ornate hand carved choir stalls, the memorial to Sir Christopher Wren which if you stand directly under the dome, you can't miss on the floor below you, and the dome itself. Take the time to climb the 400 some steps to the dome. They may seem endless but there are a couple nice break points along the way. The first landing that you arrive at is the infamous "Whispering Gallery" where you can sit along the wall of the round inner dome and whisper along the stone and be heard perfectly by someone on the opposite side. Continue your climb on up to the "Stone Gallery" which is the outdoor observation deck with a nice view across the Thames to the new Tate Modern Art Gallery and it's new pedestrian foot bridge as well as nice views and an opportunity to take some photos of the Tower Bridge to one side and the new British Airways London Eye farris wheel in the opposite direction. If you're not too tired, continue the climb to the "Golden Gallery" which was unfortunately closed the last time I was there (early January 2001).
This is one of those attractions that if you've never visited London you shouldn't leave without seeing.
From journal A week visit to London