Our travels was going smoothly after walking around Westminster Abbey all morning. We decided to hop a cab over to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London before the massive crowd for the Royal wedding. We were a bit silly in the cab.
This particular day I was lugging around my camera equipment and I was glad I had it. The dome of St. Paul’s is one of the largest in the world. Pictures may not translate its beauty that well, but you’ll have to experience the view for yourself.
This is yet another place that doesn’t allow photos on the inside. Almost everywhere we went had the same rule…by the end of the week I had given up carry around my bigger camera gear and had opted for just my point and shoot since it wasn’t worth the weight of carrying it when I couldn’t use it over half the time. They do this mostly because flash from cameras deteriorates old paintings and tapestries. And while I don’t need a flash (and prefer not to use one) I suppose it’s easiest to say ‘No’ to everyone since many people I’m sure don’t know how to turn their flash off. I snapped this first image of the interior before I was told no photos.
However, you all know how I like to trespass, break the rules, etc. and then just ask for forgiveness later (if I get caught). I sneaked in a few other interior shots. Based on knowing what settings I often use for interior photos, I set up my camera stealthily, and innocently (while the camera still hung at my waist) just pointed it upwards and snapped away. They aren’t composed as nicely as I would have liked if I had been able to look through the viewfinder, but they aren’t bad for random pointing shots.
The top photo is my last shot from the ground floor before we climbed up the dome steps to the Whispering Gallery. Our hubbies tried out its unique acoustics; a whisper on one side can be heard clearly on the opposite side at least 100 feet away. The 2nd photo is taken on the Whispering Gallery level.
Continuing upwards for a total of 528 steps, we reached the Golden Gallery at the very top. If you look at the last photo above it is the area at the very top where the light was coming through the dome. The stairs became pretty narrow (not as narrow as the York Minster Cathedral) and I can admit I was breathing hard.
While this hike raised your heart rate, it was well worth the breathtaking panoramic views across London.
You can see the difference in the left photo (taken at the Whispering Gallery level vs the right photo which was taken at the Golden Gallery level) because of the angle of the cathedral verses the horizon. The sun streaks were amazing!
After we left St. Paul’s Cathedral, I took one last photo of it which better shows off the dome than from the front angle. It’s amazing to me that such buildings are intermixed with normal everyday commercial buildings. As one local Londoner said, they often take it for granted because it’s there everyday. I’d like to think that I wouldn’t.
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