Monday, 11 July 2011

Plenty and Diverse

When people talk about the landmarks of London, the usual suspects they immediately remember are Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower, maybe the Gherkin if they want to be generous.

If I were asked what to mention, I would miserably fail to give an appropriate answer, not being able to decide where to stop a list that is in fact endless.

For example, what about this one ?

Surely you know this sight! The mighty St Paul's Cathedral, sitting at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London.

At 365 feet (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962. 

This building definitely is a landmark. For me, it is a reference point for the beauty of human imagination, its longing for aesthetics, symmetry, and surprise - always falling short of perfection  (as you might spot at the front of the Cathederal ..)

The father of this Masterpiece was Sir Christopher Wren. Educated in Latin and Aristotelian physics at the University of Oxford, Wren was a notable astronomer, geometer, and mathematician-physicist, as well as an architect.
He was a founder of the Royal Society (president 1680–82), and his scientific work was highly regarded by Sir Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal. 

(Thank you Wikipedia, you're always there when needed).

Obviously someone else was of even more importance.

But on the other hand, something has to stand in front of buildings - at some point.

So why bother ? 
And anyways, when it comes to things standing in front of my lens, these charming guys are the ones I most often encounter in London:

This time I met two of them, not willing to step aside and free the sight!

Just over the last couple of weeks, a huge 15 - year lasting marathon of cleaning and repair of St Paul's was finally completed - so I highly suggest to head over and enjoy this architectural masterpiece in all its glory!

If you were me, instead of heading into the Cathederal after a walk around, you would turn your back and wander towards Millenium Bridge ( .. no, I could'nt take that off the list either).

Then you'd fall in love with this scene of landmarks - 

.. reminding me of  David and Goliath, as tiny Tower Bridge fights bravely the Shard for its place in modern London.

Finally, you'd end up in the Bar of yet another corner stone .. 

Well, whatever path you follow, 
take care, and enjoy :) **

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