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St. Paul’s Cathedral

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Today we visited St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the prettiest cathedrals I’ve seen so far on the trip. Just like other religious sites (such as Westminster Abbey), we were not allowed to take photos of the interior, but I WAS able to take photos as we climbed the cathedral steps – all 527 of them, in fact!

St. Paul's Cathedral information plaque

St. Paul’s Cathedral information plaque

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Statue of Queen Anne (replica)

Statue of Queen Anne (replica)

Statue inscription

Statue inscription

One of my favorite places in the cathedral was the Whispering Gallery. If you whispered into the dark brown wood, you could hear the whisper from any other location. It was really fun whispering back and forth to each other! Unfortunately since it counted as part of the interior, we were not allowed to take photos.

The view from the Stone Gallery was pretty amazing – we had the entire London skyline available for photos, and the view of the Globe and the London Eye was just beautiful!

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe

London skyline

London skyline

Southwark Bridge

Southwark Bridge

152 steps up to the Golden Gallery

152 steps up to the Golden Gallery

several of the 152 steps

several of the 152 steps

The Golden Gallery is the highest point of the cathedral, so we assumed that the view would be even better – and it was! I was glad to have brought my zoom lens, even though it makes my already heavy camera that much heavier. The photos would have been wasted otherwise!

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

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The Shard

London

London

London Eye

London Eye

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

The way back to the main floor of the cathedral was just as tricky as climbing up. The stairs are pretty narrow (and majority of them are spiral) so there is a warning sign for those with claustrophobia. In order of climb, the three main galleries are the Whispering, Stone, and Golden galleries. As we descended, we also enjoyed listening to the choir practice.

down from the Golden Gallery

down from the Golden Gallery

more stairs...

more stairs…

Cathedral gallery map

Cathedral gallery map

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