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London attractions: Remember the Great Fire of London at the Monument

Published: Friday 28th of September 2012

People looking for things to do in London could opt for a trip to the Monument, and learn about the Great Fire of London and the rebuilding of London that followed.

The Great Fire of London, which occurred in 1666, was one of the most significant events to take place in Stuart London, devastating the capital city and putting all its activities on hold. 

A commemoration to the fire, the Monument stands 202 feet high, and 202 feet from the location on Pudding Lane where the fire started.

It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the famous architect of St Paul's Cathedral, and is now classed as the oldest stone column in the world.

Visitors to the Monument are invited to climb 311 steps to the summit, and at the top are awarded a certificate to prove they made the climb.

The Monument is a colossal Doric column and is topped by a drum and a copper urn from which flames emerged, clearly symbolising the great fire.

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Posted by Samantha Reed

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