The Monument to the Great Fire (of 1666)

A couple of weekends ago Paul and I climbed the 311 steps up to the top of the Monument (to the Great Fire of 1666). It didn’t seem that far – but we were climbing behind an old woman (who was going quite slowly) so I wasn’t puffing by the time I got to the top (that and my regular exercising at the gym also helped of course!).

Unfortunately the sun was right behind the monument when I tried to take photos of it so the photos from the ground are pretty dark but it was cool to look out over London from the top! I don’t actually think London has a very exciting skyline but it was still cool to be up there. We also got certificates when we came back down – which we thought was cool.
The Monument to the Great Fire of 1666, London
Above, the Monument, below, the entrance!
Inscriptions on the Monument to the Great Fire, London

The Monument to the Great Fire of 1666, London
A London dragon.
Inscriptions on the Monument to the Great Fire, London
Inscriptions on the Monument to the Great Fire, London
Above, the Latin inscription on the Monument, and below, the translation to English.
Inscriptions on the Monument to the Great Fire, London
Me next to the Monument to the Great Fire, London
Inscriptions on the Monument to the Great Fire, London
Inscriptions on the Monument to the Great Fire, London
The flame on the top of the Monument
The flame on top of the Monument.
Paul at the top of the Monument - he's not one to trust fences enough to lean on them at heights.
Paul up the top of the Monument.
The view from the top of the Monument - a Christopher Wren church
St Magnus the Martyr, a Christopher Wren church. Christopher Wren designed the Monument.
The view from the top of the Monument
The London Eye and Tate Modern.
St Paul's Cathedral and lots of cranes, from the top of the Monument, London
St Paul’s Cathedral and lots of cranes.
The view from the top of the Monument
It’s the Gherkin!
The view from the top of the Monument
The Tower Bridge and City Hall.
Looking down the staircase (of 311 steps) from the top of the Monument, London
Looking down the stairs from the top.

As the Monument commemorates where the fire started, I might also have to go visit the Golden Boy of Pye Corner which I have just found on Wikipedia, which commemorates where the fire stopped. You can see it on google street view. I have also just found a great map in the Wikipedia article about the fire which shows what areas of London were burnt in the fire and the map includes the old city wall and the various gates in the wall.

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3 Responses to The Monument to the Great Fire (of 1666)

  1. yorkshire girl says:

    What great photos. I did not know anything about this monument.

  2. DanBUK says:

    I never realised that you could go to the top. Does one need to book in advance? Opening times? Link??

    Nice pics 🙂

    Cheers,

    DanB.

  3. zinegeek says:

    I probably should have put in a link to the Monument’s official website in my post! You don’t need to book in advance, it costs £3 to enter and it’s open every day 09.30 – 17.30 (last admission 17.00). We had been planning to go for a few weeks but we kept having overcast weather so we were waiting for a sunny day! And there is no lift! I think they get quite a few people who don’t go in after realising they have to actually climb the 311 steps to get to the top.

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