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The Monument

A fluted Doric column erected in 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London of 1666. Its height is 202 feet, which is the distance to the house in Pudding Lane where the fire broke out, and is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. The magnificent view of the City from the top well repays the effort of ascending the 311 steps.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and constructed of Portland stone in 1671-7, the simple column is topped by a flaming urn of copper symbolising the Great Fire. Admission charge.

See Also: Museum of London

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