There were various places that we visited during our trip to London, and for this post, I’m going to write about our trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. As photography is not allowed inside both of these churches, I only took exterior shots of the place. Nevertheless, I think I managed to get some pretty nice and decent ones. 😀
Hidden amongst the leaves you can spot the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Some parts seem to be under renovation. Still, I can’t help but admire the beautiful architecture of the place! The Cathedral is the great work of Sir Christopher Wren as he was hired to rebuild the place after the Great Fire. He is actually buried inside the Cathedral and the epitaph on his tomb reads:
“Si monumentum requiris circumspice
(If you seek his monument, look around.)
It’s such an imposing structure.
The inside is so lovely! As I have mentioned, photography isn’t allowed inside so I wasn’t able to take any photos. Still, I think that St. Paul’s is definitely worth a visit if you’re around the area.
After spending an hour at most in St. Paul’s Cathedral, we headed off to visit a different church. We ended up at Westminster Abbey. Again, I can’t help but be in awe of it. It’s such a pretty building!
Ooops. Can you spot Big Ben? 😀
Westminster Abbey’s huge! I felt a bit giddy as we went around the place as there were a lot of famous people buried there. For me the most notable were that of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, the siblings Mary and Elizabeth, as well as Mary, Queen of Scots. Inside Westminster Abbey you can also find the tomb of the unknown warrior which holds an unknown British soldier who was killed on the battlefield during the First World War. It’s actually one of the first example of a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Religious or not, I think that both St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are places that are worth visiting at least once. Not only for the astounding architecture, but to be able to see for yourself the rich history and culture that you can find within the walls of these places. Still, can’t help but feel just a tad bit sad though that you can’t take photos inside! :’)