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The Monument

The Monument in London

The Monument to the Great Fire of London, or better known as The Monument, is a column of 61 meters high, which commemorates the victims who died in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

It is very close to London Bridge and 61 meters from where the fire started.

The fire of London took place on September 2nd, 1666. The fire started in a small bakery in Pudding Lane and was not extinguished until three days after it started.

The disaster destroyed almost the entire city, sparing only a few stone buildings.

In 1671 it was built a monument to remember that tragic day. A Doric column was commissioned to architect Christopher Wren who finished the construction in 1677.

The column is made of Portland stone and measures 61 meters, which is the exact distance where the fatal fire started. The column has at its top a huge flaming urn containing the ashes of the fire.

The Monument in LondonAt the base of the monument can be seen reliefs and inscriptions written in Latin, of scenes that occurred the days following the fire, as also the decisions taken by Charles II and the history of the construction of the monument.

Inside the hollow column stands a narrow spiral staircase of 345 steps that provides access to a terrace below the urn. This terrace is open and from it you can get stunning views of Tower Bridge and the city’s financial district.

Additional information

Location
Fish Street Hill The City, City of London EC3R 6DB
Visiting Hours
Open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Price
Adults: £ 3.00
Students: £ 2.00
Price:
Adults: £ 8.00
Students: £ 5.50
Transport
Metro: station stops in Monument, Mansion House and Tower Hill
Bus: lines 17, 521, 21, 43, 133, 141, 48 and 149
Contact
Phone: +44 (0) 207 626 2717
Website: http://www.themonument.info

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