St. Paul's Cathedral: Sir Christopher Wren

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St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral has had a very interesting and long history. It involves natural disasters, sabotage, invasions, lies, and deception. It has been through a lot over the many years of its existence, including several reconstructions. While there has been many changes to it, the one thing that could be counted on was the fact that there was always something unexpected happening to it. Even though St. Paul's Cathedral has had some hard times, it has re-bounded with the help of several generations of citizens, and has become the architectural jewel as we know it to be today in the crowded streets of London.

1. There were many unfortunate events that happened to St. Paul's, which resulted in the production of
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The Quire extends to the east of the Dome and holds the stalls for the Clergy. It has been said that Wren actually got onto a crane and personally inspected all the artwork done on the interior of the dome himself, this just shows how dedicated to every detail he was as an architect. This was his own personal masterpiece and he wanted everything to be to his liking.

5. Explain how St. Paul's Cathedral was actually the result of several different parts of already famous structures.

Architecturally, St. Paul's Cathedral is a combination of several distinguishing parts of different historical buildings. Wren fashioned the fa├žade of St. Paul's with two tiers of paired Corinthian columns like those of the Louvre and framed them between towers inspired by those of Borromini's Roman church of S. Agnese. Above the two-story base rises a very large peripteral dome that reinterprets Bramante's Tempietto. Also, Cortona's projecting curved porches of Santa Maria della Pace were copied by Wren and used as St. Paul's transept porches.

St. Paul's Cathedral can be described as one of the most interesting examples of European architecture. The history alone is enough to make one intrigued, but possibly the most interesting part of this building is the fact that the architect went behind