This post was most recently updated on March 21st, 2017
London is filled with spectacular architecture that has been built over centuries of rich history. You can capture the feel of these time periods just by looking at their amazing structures. It’s hard to narrow down all the amazing buildings in London to just ten. These are our picks for the 10 most spectacular buildings in London.
1. St. Paul’s Cathedral
Five churches have been built in this exact location to date.
This dome was created because Londoners feared 1666 would be a horrible year. Their dreams became a reality on September 2nd when a fire started—the great fire burned for four days straight and destroyed 13,000 houses and 93 churches, and St Paul’s Cathedral was severely damaged.
After the fire, the city decided to build a new church that reflected London’s place as a world leader.
The Bishop of London resides here today.
St. Paul’s Cathedral was one of the most extraordinary buildings of the age and one of the largest in Europe. This is where the king and people would meet. It was also the focal point of old London. The man behind its classical design was an astronomer, anatomist, mathematician-physicist and architect named Christopher Wren.
In the 17th century, architecture was considered mathematics so he was a logical selection. He was from the Royal Society and pushed for a classical design. He used a large-scale model to persuade Charles II to approve his design. The dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most iconic monuments—t is even illegal to conceal its view with new construction
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