A Guided Tour in the City of London
A mixture of old and new architecture
As I was travelling to London alone this spring, I enjoyed taking part in guided walks. One was about Christopher Wren’s churches, and the other was about architecture and history of the City of London in the same area around St. Paul’s Cathedral. The way this square mile is governed is far beyond my understanding. The link above explains it.
The area around St Paul’s Cathedral was heavily bombed by the Germans during the London Blitz. Luckily the cathedral was saved by the ever-vigilant firefighters who risked their lives running up high on the dome to extinguish the fires. The architect Sir Christopher Wren built the church after the great London fire in 1666 together with other churches close by.
Some are left as ruins or parks, and others are places to work and get a cup of coffee. If you like, see my mother’s pictures from 1946.
St Stephen Walbrook, an Anglican Parish Church
Christ Church Greyfriars, also known as Christ Church Newgate Street, was a church in Newgate Street, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. Established as a monastic church in the thirteenth century, it became a parish church after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Following its destruction in the Great Fire of London of 1666, it was rebuilt to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren. Except for the tower, the church was largely destroyed by bombing during the Second World War. The ruins are now a public garden.
In the 1950s ugly new concrete buildings emerged from the bombed areas but are now nearly exchanged with modern buildings that seem to match better in the style of the old city of London.
In the next post, I would like to share other pictures from the area.