This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

This Day in History...

December 2, 1697 - St Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, reopened. The previous cathedral (though still not the original; its actually the 4th building on the site!) was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Some thought Wren was a secret supporter of Catholicism because the new building had the look of St. Peter's in Rome (I actually like the style of the old one!).

Old St. Paul's Cathedral

New St. Paul's Cathedral

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