Monday, 8 March 2010

The Duke Wellington on his horse in church

The Duke of Wellington astride his horse, facing the high altar in St Pauls Cathedral. When it was first installed, facing the main entrance, the horses backside faced the altar. A NO, NO really. But, it was turned round.
The only equestrian statue in a Christian church, that I know of, anyway.
When you next come to London a visit to the crypt of St Paul's is worth while. An amazing array of famous Englishmen are buried down there, The Duke of Wellington for one, but there is also, Nelson, Christopher Wren, Lawrence of Arabia, and famous generals, admirals and statesmen going back hundreds of years. Pop in and say hello. They would appreciate the company.

I'll have to go up to St Pauls and take my own picture. This is the best I could find on the internet.
Here's a link to St Paul's Cathedral.

1 comment:

  1. I think that one of the most memorable photographs in the history of photography is the sight of St. Paul emerging from the smoke after a German raid in WWII. I also like the whispering gallery. I didn't know about the horse's butt. I could see how some would take offense.