This is a digital painting of Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral
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Artist: Thomas Hosmer Shepherd 1792-1864
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The cathedral is built of Portland stone in a late Renaissance style that represents England’s sober Baroque. Its impressive dome was inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It rises 365 feet (108 m) to the cross at its summit, making it a famous London landmark. Wren achieved a pleasing appearance by building three domes: the tall outer dome is non-structural but impressive to view, the lower inner dome provides an artistically balanced interior, and between the two is a structural cone that supports the apex structure and the outer dome. Wren was said to have been hauled up to the rafters in a basket during the building of its later stages to inspect progress.