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St. Paul's' Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral is a cathedral on Ludgate Hill,
in the City of London, England and the seat of the Bishop of London. The
present building dates from the 17th century, and is generally reckoned to
be London's fourth St Paul's Cathedral, although the number is
higher if every major medieval reconstruction is counted as a new
The task of designing a replacement structure was assigned to Christopher
Wren in 1668, after the Great Fire of London, along with over fifty other
City churches. His first design (to build a replacement on the foundations
of the old cathedral) was rejected in 1669. The second design, in the
shape of a Greek cross (circa 1670-1672) was rejected as too radical, as
was a revised design which resulted in the 1:24 scale "Great Model",
currently on display in the crypt of the cathedral. The 'warrant' design
was accepted in 1675 and building work began in June. This design included
a smaller dome with a spire on top, however King Charles II had given Wren
permission to make "ornamental" changes to the approved design, and Wren
took the liberty to radically rework the design to the current form,
including the large central dome and the towers at the West end. The
cathedral was completed on October 20, 1708, Wren's 76th birthday.
Marble Arch is a white Carrara marble monument near Speakers' Corner in
Hyde Park, at the western end of Oxford Street in London.
The arch stands close to the site of the Tyburn gallows (sometimes called
'Tyburn Tree'), a place of public execution from 1388 until 1793.
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The central span of 200 feet (61 m) between the towers is split into two
equal bascules or leaves, which can be raised to an angle of 83 degrees to
allow river traffic to pass.
See also River
Queen Mother's Gate
This gate was built in honour of the Queen Mother at Hyde Park Corner.
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London
and one of the Royal Parks of London. The park is divided in two by the