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Visit the impressive tomb of Lord Nelson at St Paul’s Cathedral for things to do in London

Published: Thursday 23rd of August 2012

One of the most famous buildings on the London skyline is St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren, and it is well worth a visit by people seeking things to do in London.

According to its website, the London Cathedral “embodies the spiritual life and heritage of the British people,” and so anyone interested in the turbulent history of faith in Britain should head there to find out more.

In the crypt, visitors will find a number of famous names, with only those who have made an outstanding contribution to life in Britain being deemed worthy of a spot there.

Lord Nelson, who was famously killed in the battle of Trafalgar in 1805, was laid to rest in St Paul’s. His remains reside in a coffin made from timber taken from a French ship he defeated in battle.

Interestingly, the black marble sarcophagus that sits atop his ornate tomb was originally created for Cardinal Wolsey, who was Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor in the early sixteenth century. However, Wolsey fell from favour and the decoration remained unused at Windsor until someone deemed suitable came along.

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Posted by Samantha Reed

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