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Today my favorite thing we did was go to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Seeing this massive building in person was so incredible! As soon as I walked in, I had this overwhelming feeling because of how sublime the interior space was. The quality of the interior decoration–the gold leafing, the paintings, and the stone carvings– was unlike anything I have ever seen. I swear I saw the stomach rise and fall on one of the effigies in the crypt. The carving was so realistic that it seemed to come alive. That was amazing but also a bit creepy since I was surrounded by loads of old burial sites underground.
I also loved being able to see the London skyline from the too of the dome. Such an amazing view. As I was looking out, I had a lovely conversation with one of the guides there. We talked about how she came to London and what some of her favorite spots are in the city. She was originally from Brazil, her parents were of Japanese origin, and she came to London to learn English. It was such a treat to be able to interact with a local. St. Paul’s was my favorite so far on this trip!
I absolutely agree! It was somewhat surreal coming into such a vast expanse of space. As I began to feel less overwhelmed in the nave I noticed the level of detail and intricate design that surrounded me and once again I was filled with a sense of awe and inspiration. The five-hundred plus steps to the top of the dome also left my head spinning but it was well worth the view! St. Paul’s Cathedral truly blew my mind and is nothing short of divine. I would highly recommend visiting this land mark for the beautiful architecture and the spiritual experience.
Today we went to St Paul’s Cathedral, an absolutely breathtaking church. Going to the top dome was definitely an interesting experience–it’s something that not many people can say they did. That spectacular view of the city was definitely worth those 543 steps, though they made me a little crazy thinking I would trip! But those views were incredible! Taking selfies on the top of St Paul’s dome was pretty exciting; it’s something I’ll be bragging about back home for sure
Today we went to St Paul’s Cathedral, an absolutely breathtaking church. The place is indescribable. I cannot imagine the effort that went into constructing such a massive structure. It’s huge and extremely beautiful–I still cannot get over how intricate the murals on the dome ceiling were. Going to the top dome was definitely an interesting experience–it’s something that not many people can say they did. That spectacular view of the city was definitely worth those 543 steps, though they made me a little crazy thinking I would trip! But those views were incredible! Taking selfies on the top of St Paul’s dome was pretty exciting; it’s something I’ll be bragging about back home for sure
I really enjoyed the trip to Salisbury. Seeing this quaint town was a nice contrast to the city of London. The tour of Salisbury Cathedral felt as if the group had a backstage pass to the inner-workings of the cathedral. My tour guide was really insightful and I enjoyed her commentary on the church. The grounds of the Cathedral including the cloister were really beautiful. I liked seeing the town utilize that space as a common meeting area for conversation and play. Parts of the town of Salisbury remind me of my hometown. I wish I had more time to explore the town, but I also would not want to cut out the trip to Stonehenge or Stourhead.
I also really enjoyed this trip out to Salisbury! I would say this was also mostly because of its contrast to the actual city of London. It was very interesting how up at the top of the Salisbury Cathedral nothing was similar to the views at the top of Saint Paul’s! The tour of the inside differed much from the interior of Saint Paul’s Cathedral as well because of the structure and scaffolding we were able to see and walk across! It was a great learning experience to see how the tower was actually constructed. Another thing I appreciated was seeing the Magna Carta at this cathedral and comparing that to our constitution document in the US.
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