Religion hath given the world many things, and some of their buildings have
design beyond measure. St Pauls is a fabulously enjoyable place which is delightful
to behold not matter what your doctrine.
Just to stand central beneath the dome and look skyward
is a most splendid feeling. And the creepy ascension of stone steps and
narrow walkways past the whispering gallery and into the heavens is a throwback
to a less commercialized era without doubt. And the view of the world is nothing
compared to the view of the dome construction within.
Shocking that this medieval collosus maintains its posture, especially after 400 years. surviving the blitz as it did. It maintains a good feature on most of London's horizons, and yet may yet become swamped by skyscrapers.
I used to see this place as a venue of refuge and sanctuary, and often went there just to sit and meditate. The baroque innards and ambience seemed to be the most relaxing there was. Then one day, early nineties, I got to the door and was charged a wad of cash to get in. Economics meant I had to leave dear old St Pauls to the tourists. And christians, of course. Oh well, I suppose I could always buy a video of the inside instead...
On the other hand, once I gained gainful employment I was able to pay the reward and spend a nice few hours exploring this great place and all its artifacts. There are some very important statues and monuments here, with an amazing echo that goes on and on and...
Charles (of London Town)