Sunday Walk

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

After lunch had a nice walk
near St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill,
the highest point in the City of London.
The present building dates from the 17th century
and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
The cathedral is one of London's most famous
and most recognisable sights.
At 365 feet (111m) high,
it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962,
and its dome is also among the highest in the world,
St Peter's Basilica in Rome being higher.
The Monument to the Great Fire of London,
also designed by Wren and the tallest doric column in the world,
would fit inside the cathedral's interior.
The Royal Family holds most of its important
marriages, christenings and funerals at Westminster Abbey,
but St Paul's was used for the marriage of
Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.
Millenium Bridge to Tate Modern
Londoners nicknamed the bridge the Wobbly Bridge
after participants in a special event to open the bridge
(a charity walk on behalf of Save the Children)
felt an unexpected (and, for some, uncomfortable) swaying motion
on the first two days after the bridge opened.
The bridge was closed later that day,
and after two days of limited access
the bridge was closed for almost two years
while modifications were made to
eliminate the wobble entirely.
It was reopened in 2002.
View from the Millenium Bridge to Tower Bridge
Visited Tate Modern
- free admission,
except to special changing exhibitions
The galleries are housed in the former Bankside Power Station,
which was originally built in two stages between 1947 and 1963.
The power station closed in 1981.
Smithfield Market Hall
Smithfield (also known as West Smithfield)
is located in the north-west part of the City of London,
and is mostly known for its centuries-old meat market,
today the last surviving historical wholesale market in Central London.
Smithfield has a bloody history of executions
of heretics and political opponents,
including major historical figures such as
Scottish patriot William Wallace,
the leader of the Peasants' Revolt Wat Tyler
and a long series of religious reformers and dissenters.


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