It’s been an unusual week on Life In 360°. Monday we took a trip behind the scenes at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom courtesy of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Naturally, we followed that up on Wednesday with a 360 degree video featuring American metal band Soulfly because of that highly well documented Soulfly/UK legal system connection.
Well, the pendulum is swinging violently back in the opposite direction from Soulfly today with another entry courtesy of ‘the Beeb’. The BBC’s film crew are taking another wander around a famous London building and this time it’s one of the true icons of the London skyline – St Paul’s Cathedral.
The current cathedral is not the original building on the site, it was initially preceded by a church in the 7th century AD. This was then followed by a new cathedral in 1200’s following the destruction of the previous building and initial attempts at re-construction fire in the 11th century – but not the Great Fire of 1066.
The present Cathedral, with its world-famous domed roof was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, a man St Paul’s itself refers to as “Britain’s most famous architect”. The modern, or at least ‘most recent’ St Paul’s Cathedral was finally consecrated in 1697 after a somewhat speedier construction than that of its predecessor.
“When you come St Paul’s, we hope to give you a visit you will remember.” Says the St Paul’s website. “You can walk in the footsteps of royalty and political leaders on the Cathedral floor; climb the dome to try the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery; go even higher to enjoy some of the most spectacular views over London from the Stone and Golden Galleries; or head down to the crypt where our nation’s heroes are buried.”
You can learn more about the history of the cathedral in the 360 degree video below.