When the great fire of London claimed Saint Paul’s cathedral in 1666

Stones exploded like fireballs due to the heat. It took less than an hour for the old cathedral to be lost.

But Christopher Wren’s new cathedral is a worthy replacement. Although it took quite a while. It was started on 30th July 1669, but the “topping out” of the cathedral (when the final stone was placed on the lantern) did not take place until 26th October 1708.

 

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