This image of the Old St. Paul’s is a digital reconstruction of what the cathedral was like showing the spire of the 3rd largest building in the world at the time of its burning in 1666. The first St. Paul’s was built by William the Conqueror shortly after his invasion of England in 1066. The medieval cathedral burned twice and rebuilt twice before the Great fire of London in 1666. The Baroque cathedral of Sir Christopher Wren is the 4th cathedral on this site.
The digital recreation of the Old St. Paul’s Cathedral is based on a model of the old Cathedral which is in the Museum of London. The model was done in 1908 as part of a program to preserve famous London buildings with models. These are amazing images. We realize what was lost during the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Old St. Paul’s Cathedral was known for its splendid stained glass windows and its large Rose Window. Unfortunate loss.
These are other images of the cathedral which burned in 1666:
The nave of the medieval church which became the center for the London GRAPEVINE. ”Newsmongers” gathered to pass on the news and prevalent gossip
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