It Always Comes Down to the Last One Standing
Subject: St Paul's Cathedral, London
Abstract: This essay focuses on the changes in structural developments to St Paul’s Cathedral since it was first founded in 604AD to the present day and the importance of each to society. There will be a greater analysis towards the rebuild of the cathedral in 1675 by English architect Sir Christopher Wren. After the Great London Fires in 1666 Wren was given the task to design the new St Paul’s Cathedral with respect to the church fathers request; the completed project was English- Baroque in style. Whilst acknowledging the stages in development to St Paul’s, the particular focus is on the relationship between the architectural style and the social significance of the Cathedral over time. This examination was conceived in response to criticism by famous writers/ poets such as William Blake, Lord Byron and other noticed writers. Blake remarked St Paul’s as being the very embodiment that compromised institutional religion and law rationality that he disliked. Wren was given permission to make ornamental changes throughout construction which he took great advantage of. These changes will be outlined and the essay will investigate the impact they had within society. In conclusion the essay will finish with reference to the Blitz in the Second World War that finally gave St Paul’s the recognition and importance it deserved.
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