I push on up Ludgate Hill and the beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral opens up in front of me. Now, I have to admit that I am not very enamoured of this place for a variety of reasons. First of all, I think charging £12.50 for an individual entry is pretty steep. Second, it doesn't allow photography. The reasons given for both these decisions are very specious. This is a national monument and I don't see why as a taxpayer I have to pay for this. Second, talking about photography that it disturbs worshipers is a load of bull, I have taken photographs in so many churches in so many countries and that doesn't disturb the worshippers. Ask for a donation, I am happy to pay for it.
So the only thing I can think of is that they want to sell their books. The fact that those books contain photographs and they didn't disturb worshipers is a bit of a logical fallacy that passed them by. Finally, they now have the stupid occupy London crap outside and their extraordinarily stupid and idiotic way of responding to this entire episode was embarrassing to say the least. BAH!. So as a matter of principle, I haven't gone inside this place, even though it has quite a lot of history.
This is a replica of the original one in Carrera Marble made by Francis Bird way back in 1712. But due to pollution and and and, it deteriorated badly. And thus was replaced by this replica made up of Portland stone.
So the replacement was made in time for the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service. (incidentally, did you know that that service was held out in the courtyard as Queen Victoria refused to get out of her carriage).
The statues below her main statue refer to England, France, Ireland and North America, all of whom Anne considered herself to be queen of.
This is the entrance to the London Stock Exchange, where the protestors were originally heading for but then were stopped from entering. And so they decided to camp out on the St. Paul’s courtyard. And then the mess happened.
The entrance to Paternoster Square has these lovely interesting looking busts on pillars. I couldnt see anything which could tell me more about the provenance of these busts.
Such a lovely place but too bad it doesnt speak to me despite so much happening in this place.