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The City: City Skyline

The City has grown around St Paul's Cathedral, changing our view of it over the years. The pictures are starting points for discovery. Use the question or instruction for each picture to help get you started.

Old St Paul's Cathedral With Spire


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Old St Paul's Cathedral With Spire, C.1700

The spire on top of old St Paul's Cathedral was part of the Norman church begun in 1087. In 1561 the spire was struck by lightning. It burnt for four hours and the roof of the cathedral fell in. St Paul's was rebuilt but without the spire.

What do you notice about the spire?