The Lifetimes of London


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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