The Lifetimes of London

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One of the best views of London’s skyline is from the Millenial bridge, where you come face to face with St. Paul’s Cathedral’s looming presence. The 300 + year old cathedral is a wonderful example of the way London effortlessly meshes the old with the new, especially when standing on the Millenial bridge. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the anglican church is a fully functioning church. I was able to attend evensong on this, my third visit, to St. Paul’s. It was the first evensong I’ve attended, and I must confess myself less interested in the service than the structure of the ornate roof over my head. St. Paul’s will always be more than a cathedral to me; it’s an impressive work of art. As I sat there, half listening to word and song echo down its massive naives, I couldn’t help but imagine the dedication and skill constructing it entailed. The cathedral took around 35 years to finish, almost a lifetime for someone living in the late 17th century. And that’s how I’ve come to see London–in terms of lifetimes, a place that encapsulates lifetimes—the lifetimes of the Roman wall, the lifetimes of Westminster, the lifetimes of St. Paul’s.

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