St Pauls

St Pauls Cathedral in London is probably built on the site of a Roman pagan temple. In medieval times, the gothic cathedral loomed over the city, and in the days of Shakespeare and the Puritans, great sermons were preached from St Pauls Cross, beside the cathedral. All these developments are described in LONDON from the 'Londinium' chapter onwards. The building of the present St Pauls, after the Fire of London, by Sir Christopher Wren, and the way he concealed the fact that it was to have a dome from the authorities are the subject of the chapter 'St Pauls'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
The First Film. Though disputed by historians who claim that a functional Lumière camera did not exist before the end of 1894, the Lumière brothers, widely regarded as the inventors of cinema, claimed to have shot their first films in August, 1894. Seven months later, in March, 1895 in Paris, they presented what was probably the world’s first screening of a film in front of a large audience. Ironically, the main purpose of their presentation was to showcase exciting research on colour photography, but the brothers were surprised at how fixated the audience was with the moving black and white images also on display !




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