London: ‘Where Light Falls’ The city as a projection screen of history

At St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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During the Second World War the bombing of London by the Nazi Air Force created great devastation. The great London cathedral of St Pauls – built by Charles II and designed by Christopher Wren – emerged from the fires that destroyed the City of London in 1666.

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But in 1941 it was hit badly. The roof melted and it was feared that the fire would destroy the cathedral altogether. Since so many men were at the front the London fire services were really stretched. But the people came out, into the streets and joined the fire brigade in putting out the fire, saving this iconic building.

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This week a beautiful short film, commemorating the citizen heroes and heroines who risked their lives to save the Cathedral, was projected onto the facades of the building. Created by Historic England, working with the Poetry Society and Double Take Projections. It was very atmospheric, standing there in the cold watching the film projection and listening to the poetic narration.

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St Pauls and the area surrounding it is beautiful and fascinating any time, well worth a stroll around day or night. I do wish that the city’s amazing facades would be lit up and projected onto more often.

We walked over from the Barbican, which was a great walk!

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the Barbican’s amazing Conservatory which is usually not open (check for opening days)