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Persevering

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The internal domes, the whispering gallery, John Evelyn's candlelit discovery of the man who would carve several tons of wood for St Paul's, architect Christopher Wren being hoisted aloft in a basket to inspect progress and the American memorial are all part of the story of St Paul's .

Thirty-two years after the Great Fire of London had burned down the old St Paul's cathedral, the new cathedral of St Paul's opened on 2 December 1697. Wren was 76 years old. He had been working for the last three decades to build more than 50 London churches and to get St Paul's right.

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