St. Paul’s Cathedral

Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece has adorned the British skyline sine 1710. It was constructed after the previous building was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. But this isn’t #2; over 1400 years, a total of five places of worship have stood on this site.

The first service was held in this building in 1697. Since then, it has hosted funerals for Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill.

Skip your morning cardio and climb the 530 stairs climb to the top. Partway up (259 steps) is the Whispering Gallery, where you can whisper sweet nothings and have the wall carry them to the opposite side, 32 meters away. The next level, the Stone Gallery, is another 119 steps and has an exterior viewing platform. Finally, climb another 152 steps to the Golden Gallery and the whole of London will open up to you.

On the ground is the Chapel of St. Dunstan, dedicated to the 10th-century archbishop of Canterbuy, the Duke of Wellington Memorial, ornate high alter and choir stalls, ornamented wrought-iron gates and the effigy of John Donne. The crypt houses the Duke of Wellington, Admiral Nelson and Wren.

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