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The Monument

 
 
The Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 1997
1. The Monument Marker
The marker is a wooden panel below an allegorical frieze commemorating the Great Fire.
Inscription. This monument designed by Sir Christopher Wren was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London 1666 which burned for three days consuming more than 13,000 houses and devastating 436 acres of the City. The Monument is 202 ft in height, being equal to the distance westward from the bakehouse in Pudding Lane where the fire broke out. It took six years to construct 1671 – 1677. The balcony is reached by a spiral stairway of 311 steps and affords panoramic views of the metropolis. A superstructure rises from the balcony and supports a copper vase of flames.

The allegorical sculpture on the pedestal above was executed by Caius Gabriel Cibber.

St Magnus the Martyr Fish Street Hill to the south leads to St Magnus the Martyr (a Wren church) alongside which is the ancient footpath which led to the first London Bridge
 
Location. 51° 30.6′ N, 0° 5.159′ W. Marker is in London, England. Marker is at the intersection of Fish St Hill and Monument Street, on the right when traveling north on Fish St Hill. Touch for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tower Hill Execution Site (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); London Wall (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); To The Immortal Memory of Sir William Wallace

The Monument image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 1997
2. The Monument
The Monument (right) with St. Paul's Cathedral (left).
(approx. 1.4 kilometers away); The Battle of Britain Memorial (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); Trial of William Wallace (approx. 3 kilometers away); Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (approx. 3.3 kilometers away); Greenwich Foot Tunnel (approx. 6 kilometers away); George Orwell House (approx. 7.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London.
 
More about this marker. The Monument commemorates the Great Fire Of London that burned through the city's center from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666.
 
Additional keywords. This marker is on the west side of The Monument.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
The Monument has a viewing platform reached by walking up a 311 step spiral staircase. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 1, 1997
3. The Monument has a viewing platform reached by walking up a 311 step spiral staircase.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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