This is St. Paul's Cathedral located in the heart of London.

This is St. Paul’s Cathedral located in the heart of London.

Once upon a time the United Kingdom was ruled by King Henry the VIII and lived united under the Catholic Church. King Henry planned to divorce his beloved Catherine to reform the church into the protestant religion. Today, Catholicism is a distant past for this country, but there are still some remnants of that religion left behind.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in both London and the entire United Kingdom. In 604, St. Paul’s was founded, but the version you see today is not the original. Due to three raging fires and a few bombings, St. Paul’s has been morphed into the church it is today. However, or the past 314 years St. Paul’s has remained the same.

Now, you may be wondering why I’m ranting on about some church in a foreign country that you may or may not visit. After ascending 527 steps to the tippity-top of St. Paul’s cathedral, we were greeted with a breathtaking panorama of the city of London.

The view from the top of the Cathedral is simply breathtaking.

When seen from such a height, the expanse of London is awe-inspiring.

Along with being a pillar of London’s foundation, this church also represents the beauty of the country, the talent of their artists, and their will to stand equivalent to other countries. Take a look at the picture below to see what I mean.

Look at the detail in the painting, and think about the time and skill it must have taken.

Look at the detail in the painting, and think about the time and skill it must have taken.

Think about how long this beautiful cathedral took to build.

Think about how long this beautiful cathedral took to build.

Ask yourself how many people have stood there before you.

Ask yourself how many people have stood there before you.

 

St. Paul’s is a historical landmark, imprinting on the past and the present. Many areas and views of St. Paul’s are protected to ensure the churches place in the city. Today ,it stands among many new and modern buildings, but there is something exquisite about St. Paul’s that draws you in. It is one of Britain’s greatest wonders.

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Cassandra Tokach

Cassandra graduated in 2014 with a BA in English. She loves to read and write and spends a lot of her time journaling. When she's not sharing her writing with others and spreading the love of English, Cassie enjoys nature and being active outdoors. She is originally from Savage, MN.

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