The Monument & Gherkin: Lonon, UK. by DonDavisUK

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Captured from the Southbank of the River Thames in the City of London.
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Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon Lense. ISO 200, 1/160th sec, f/10.0, 250mm. App Priority, Handheld.

The Monument The Golden Tipped Tower in the centre of the City of London. Build by Sir Christopher Wren as a memorial to the Great Fire of London.

History- Introduction
The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City.

The fire began in a baker’s house in Pudding Lane on Sunday 2nd September 1666 and finally extinguished on Wednesday 5th September, after destroying the greater part of the City. Although there was little loss of life, the fire brought all activity to a halt, having consumed or severely damaged thousands of houses, hundreds of streets, the City’s gates, public buildings, churches and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The only buildings to survive in part were those built of stone, like St. Paul’s and the Guildhall.

As part of the rebuilding, it was decided to erect a permanent memorial of the Great Fire near the place where it began. Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor General to King Charles II and the architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and hisfriend and colleague, Dr Robert Hooke, provided a design for a colossal Doric column in the antique tradition. They drew up plans for a column containing a cantilevered stone staircase of 311 steps leading to a viewing platform. This was surmounted by a drum and a copper urn from which flames emerged, symbolising the Great Fire. The Monument, as it came to be called, is 61 metres high (202 feet) – the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the fire began.

The column was completed in 1677, and in accordance with Wren’s original intention, was at first used as a place for certain experiments of the Royal Society, but vibrations caused by ceaseless traffic proved too great for the success of these experiments and they were discontinued; thereafter the Monument became a place of historic interest, unique of its kind, providing visitors with an opportunity to look across London in all directions from a height of about 160 feet, being the level of the public gallery.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot of this unique building Don.

  • Hey there Lynne, thanks my friend. I’ve yet to get up the Monument, but will do very soon:-)

    – DonDavisUK

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 4 years ago

    Love those blue cranes : ) The Gherkin looks great can you get quiet close to it to capture the wonderful shape and reflections or is it difficult to take certain images in London depending on the building?

  • I’ve seen some really great shots of the Gherkin, but have yet to find the best vantage point, it’s nestled amongst some really tall buildings in the City and quite difficult to see it all.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Don :)

  • Hi Mark, many thanks mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanabout 4 years ago

    You are right there Don. It is not easy. But try Tower Hill, you get a reasonable view from there.

  • I’ll try that:-) I’ve been looking at the Gherkin from East, West, South and Now I’ve got to try the North too:-) One day I’ll find the view I’m looking for, LOL

    – DonDavisUK

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 4 years ago

    what a great angle you have captured this from dear Don.x

  • Hi Catherine, many thanks my friend.
    It’s always an awe inspiring sight.
    I’ve grown to love the Gherkin now:-)

    – DonDavisUK

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks so much for that. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 4 years ago

    Great shot Don, I know where you are coming from !! You must get to the base of the Gherkin one day !!

  • Hi Colin, it’s not easy to get the shot I’m looking for, but I’ll keep trying:-) Cheers mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 4 years ago

    Great shot Don

  • Hey there Paul, thanks so much mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Don …

  • Hi Tom, many thanks good buddy. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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