English architect, Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) achieved a feat which no architect had done before. He designed and completed St. Paul’s Cathedral (in London) in just 35 years.
Built between 1675 and 1710, the Cathedral was built in place of another which was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The finest feature of St. Paul’s is its massive, exquisitely designed dome rising up to 366 feet with a diameter of 131 feet. The main entrance has a two-storeyed portico with two sets of columns arranged in pairs. The Cathedral’s bell tower dominates the north and the clock tower, the south. The interior radiant light of the Cathedral exposes intricate decorations in wood, stone and iron.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is the ‘national’ church in Westminster Abbey. the architect, Wren, himself lies buried in the Cathedral.