We are now walking towards the south side of St. Paul's cathedral
passing a war memorial on the left
Looking towards the front entrance
and Queen Victoria
before going inside where one is not allowed to take photographs (naughty) The only way to see the cathedral these days is with a tour guide or if there is a service to attend which offers limited viewing. One was just finishing here. I remember the days of unlimited access and photography but that was before the days of mass tourism
Looking down Ludgate Hill from the steps
before walking around to the north side to enter the Crypt where we had lunch
next to many interesting statutes
Here we are walking around the north side ready to continue our days walking
Before I leave you thought you might like some history
St. Paul's is the 5th cathedral to have stood on this site since 604 ad and was built between 1675 and 1710 after it's predecessor was destroyed in the great Fire of London. This was the first cathedral to be built after the English Reformation in the 16th century when
King Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the jurisdiction of the Pope and the Crown took control of the church's life.
For those who enjoy history the following is some extra information taken from St. Paul's website.