St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London is impressive by anyones measure, and that’s only from the outside, from the inside it takes your breath away! On my last visit, a few years before I shot this joiner, I paid my money to enter and once inside, well, I had to sit down to take it all in, it’s just awesome!
Considering it’s size it’s a wonder it didn’t suffer any real damage during the second world war..it’s big enough, and it’s not as if it’s surrounded by large buildings!!
A very cool feature about the cathedral is the ability to climb all the way to the top and get a great view of London..it’s not for the faint hearted though, or those who don’t do well in confined spaces!! When I went up there with my camera rucksack to shoot a joiner of The City I got stuck in one of the narrow passages just before you exit out on the balcony..the ceiling in the passageway just before you exit at the top got lower and lower, and I was having to crouch more and more till eventually, with my rucksack on my back, I got wedged!!..not for long thankfully :)
It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and finished in 1710 and has stood strong and tall ever since (it was actually the tallest building in London till 1962 if you can believe it, measuring a respectable 365ft). Here’s where my anorak really starts to rustle…there’s been a church on this site since AD 604!! Which is quite a long time.
It’s actually a reasonably hard building to photograph, this is due to the streets which surround the cathedral being quite narrow..which mean it’s tricky to get a decent viewpoint/composition. I originally wanted to photograph the cathedral from the front, but there just isn’t room, and plus you can’t see all that much of the building, so the side it was..!
One last little fact, there’s two towers out front of the cathedral, on the top of each are a sculpture of…a pineapple!! Why a pineapple I have no idea, maybe it’s Sir Christopher Wren’s warped sense of humour.. :)
To view this joiner at it’s best, do the following
– Plug in headphones
– Hit the play button on the audio player below
– On the zoom.it window below click the icon in the bottom right hand corner (a square with a diagonal line through it)
– Sit back and enjoy the joiner as it was meant to be enjoyed!
Dimensions: 4.5m wide by 2.95m high (15ft x 9.83ft)
Photos used: 38
Song inspiration: ACDC – Thunderstruck