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Magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral in London is just stunning!

At 365 feet (111 m) high, St. Paul's was the tallest building in London until 1967; admission to St. Paul's is roughly $25 but fortunately it is an included sight with the London Pass

At 365 feet (111 m) high, St. Paul's was the tallest building in London until 1967; admission to St. Paul's is roughly $25 but fortunately it is an included sight with the London Pass

Lee and I climbed the 528 steps to the top of the dome at St. Paul's for the great views of London; we arrived in London to terrific weather with temperatures in the 70s

Lee and I climbed the 528 steps to the top of the dome at St. Paul's for the great views of London; we arrived in London to terrific weather with temperatures in the 70s

St. Paul's Cathedral from the London Eye; when it opened to the public in 2000 the London Eye was the world's tallest Ferris wheel

St. Paul's Cathedral from the London Eye; when it opened to the public in 2000 the London Eye was the world's tallest Ferris wheel

The stunning gold mosaics were added to St. Paul's between 1891 and 1904; we made frequent use of the London Underground, the oldest subway system in the world

The stunning gold mosaics were added to St. Paul's between 1891 and 1904; we made frequent use of the London Underground, the oldest subway system in the world

Horatio Nelson has the most prominent tomb in the crypt at St. Paul's; the crypt, the largest in Europe, serves an important architectural purpose as its piers support the cathedral above

Horatio Nelson has the most prominent tomb in the crypt at St. Paul's; the crypt, the largest in Europe, serves an important architectural purpose as its piers support the cathedral above

View of the nave from the choir; London has 170  museums (many of which are free!) and residents speak 300  different languages

View of the nave from the choir; London has 170+ museums (many of which are free!) and residents speak 300+ different languages

This large cruciform sculpture commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I; funerals of many notable figures have occurred here, including those of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher

This large cruciform sculpture commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I; funerals of many notable figures have occurred here, including those of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher

A view of Shakespeare's Globe Theater from the dome of St. Paul's; in 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games

A view of Shakespeare's Globe Theater from the dome of St. Paul's; in 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games

The Duke of Wellington was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain, serving twice as Prime Minister; he also famously won against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

The Duke of Wellington was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain, serving twice as Prime Minister; he also famously won against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

More than 750 million people watched the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral; more than 2 million spectators lined the route Diana took to St. Paul's

More than 750 million people watched the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral; more than 2 million spectators lined the route Diana took to St. Paul's

This gorgeous square adjacent to St. Paul's had ping pong tables, a checkers board and loungers to enjoy the warm weather; despite its reputation, London receives less precipitation than Rome, Lisbon, Naples, Sydney or New York City

This gorgeous square adjacent to St. Paul's had ping pong tables, a checkers board and loungers to enjoy the warm weather; despite its reputation, London receives less precipitation than Rome, Lisbon, Naples, Sydney or New York City

The font at St. Paul's was carved from blue-veined Italian marble in 1727; the cathedral has been shown in several movies, including Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes and one of the Harry Potter films

The font at St. Paul's was carved from blue-veined Italian marble in 1727; the cathedral has been shown in several movies, including Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes and one of the Harry Potter films

Florence Nightingale, buried at St. Paul's, is considered the founder of modern day nursing; she is popularly known as The Lady with the Lamp, making rounds of wounded soldiers at night

Florence Nightingale, buried at St. Paul's, is considered the founder of modern day nursing; she is popularly known as The Lady with the Lamp, making rounds of wounded soldiers at night

The Walkie-Talkie Building from the dome of St. Paul's; don't expect any selfies of me as I recover from Bell's Palsy which has temporarily paralyzed the right side of my face

The Walkie-Talkie Building from the dome of St. Paul's; don't expect any selfies of me as I recover from Bell's Palsy which has temporarily paralyzed the right side of my face

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr preached at St. Paul's on December 6, 1964; later, his wife, Coretta Scott King, would become the first woman to preach at St. Paul's during a memorial service for her husband

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr preached at St. Paul's on December 6, 1964; later, his wife, Coretta Scott King, would become the first woman to preach at St. Paul's during a memorial service for her husband

The dome is painted with scenes from the life of St. Paul and is renowned for surviving the Luftwaffe attacks of December 1940; the church became an icon of British resistance

The dome is painted with scenes from the life of St. Paul and is renowned for surviving the Luftwaffe attacks of December 1940; the church became an icon of British resistance

St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by Christopher Wren in 1674, is 515 feet long and 250 feet wide making it the 4th largest church in Europe (after St. Peter's in Rome and the cathedrals in Seville and Milan)

St. Paul's Cathedral, designed by Christopher Wren in 1674, is 515 feet long and 250 feet wide making it the 4th largest church in Europe (after St. Peter's in Rome and the cathedrals in Seville and Milan)

Henry Moore's 1983 sculpture of Mother and Child; Moore is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world

Henry Moore's 1983 sculpture of Mother and Child; Moore is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world

The Millennium Bridge across the River Thames connects St. Paul's to the Tate Modern; the bridge was nicknamed Wobbly Bridge due to excessive swaying when it first opened but 2 years of reinforcement work have eliminated that

The Millennium Bridge across the River Thames connects St. Paul's to the Tate Modern; the bridge was nicknamed Wobbly Bridge due to excessive swaying when it first opened but 2 years of reinforcement work have eliminated that

The monument to the Duke of Wellington sits prominently in the north aisle of St. Paul's; Wellington, New Zealand, one of my favorite cities, was named for the Duke

The monument to the Duke of Wellington sits prominently in the north aisle of St. Paul's; Wellington, New Zealand, one of my favorite cities, was named for the Duke

The Shard seen from the dome of St. Paul's; as you scan the skyline of London, you literally see hundreds of cranes as construction is going on throughout the city despite the uncertainties of Brexit

The Shard seen from the dome of St. Paul's; as you scan the skyline of London, you literally see hundreds of cranes as construction is going on throughout the city despite the uncertainties of Brexit

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