St. Paul’s Cathedral

After a few days in Venice, I found myself walking across Norman Foster’s Millennium Bridge and admiring, as I often do, Wren’s great dome to St. Paul’s and wondering how he acquired his knowledge of the emotional force of seventeenth-century classicism, when by temperament he was such a cool and unemotional and technologically minded mathematician, whose knowledge of European architecture was limited to a single short visit to Paris in 1663 and study of the precepts of Italian architecture through books and engravings:-


5 thoughts on “St. Paul’s Cathedral

  1. Richard Bram says:

    It is one of the world’s great processional experiences to walk that bridge toward St. Paul’s, unknown until so recently. It is also interesting to contemplate that Wren never saw St. Pauls as clean as it is today after the recent cleaning. By the time it was finished, it would have already been blackening from chimney and early industrial smoke.

  2. Sandy Nairne says:

    believe Wren’s visit to Paris made a huge impact in him, and he had already absorbed the work and thinking of the great Inigo Jones … which he would then weld onto his base understanding of English cathedrals and churches …. which is exactly what makes his version of English Baroque so special.
    The irony of the coal fires and soot (which also caused the inside of the Cathedral to be painted in two coats of white paint, even before the roof was on) was that it was a special ‘coal tax’ that paid for much of the cost of St Paul’s.

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