The Monument of The Great Fire Of London is a towering building in the city of London. The towering landmark stands along Pudding Lane, exactly where the great fire of London started in 1666. Did you know that the towering building was constructed between 1671 and 1677 as a memorial to commemorate the fire and to restore the city into its original state?
How the fire started
- The fire started at a bakery and lasted four days and luckily not many lives were lost bringing most activities to a standstill. Some blamed the fire on the Catholic emancipation.
Viewing the monument
- Inside the 160 foot tall building are winding stairs with 311 steps with inscriptions of details of the fire on the North and south walls. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to climb those 311 steps and so I simply enjoyed the stunning view from a distance, learning some history as I went along. This might be more suitable for you if you’re not a fan of heights.
3.The building was initially used for experiments by the Royal Society but has now become a place of historical interest. Luckily during the Second World War in 1939 to 1945, the masterpiece escaped significant damage like St Paul’s Cathedral but remained closed to the public but later reopened on the 13th of August 1945.
- Today the pillart is a tourist attraction used as a viewing gallery as well as an educational establishment. It even has a tube station named after it, known as Monument on the circle as well as District line.
- You will experience a panoramic view of London. Children are allowed access. But unfortunately there isn’t the facility for disabled visitors. Apparently planned measures are being put in place that will allow you to enjoy your visit particularly if you have mobility issues.
Have you been to view the Monument of the great fire of London from the interior or probably viewed the landmark from a distant? Drop me a line as always
Here are various ways to help you get there.
I didn’t know much about this fire until I stumbled across a movie about it and then did bit of research. It was sure massive in what it destroyed.
The great fire caused much distruction and thankfully it’s been restored.
Thanks for the interesting post, Bola. I had no idea that the Great Fire of London happened that long ago!
London has so much more history.
Bola — I’ve been to London several times and didn’t know about the monument. It’s possible I even saw it but didn’t know its historical significance.
I didn’t know the monument’s significance until I visited the site.
I’ve visited London several times but have not seen the monument. I’d like to see it. I don’t know if I could do the 311 steps but it would be nice to do so. The view must have been amazing in 1677 before the monument was surrounded by skyscrapers.
With all the skyscrapers in London, it’s not always easy to see it but I’m sure the monument would have stood out in 1677.
Very interesting. I surely will take the grand kids there next school holiday as I am always looking for places to take them.
You might also be able to book tickets family online.
There are so many things about my birth country and capital city that I don’t know. I loved learning about the monument to commemorate the Great Fire of London. I remembered the name Pudding Lane, but wouldn’t have known why until you reminded me. Can’t wait to read more of your travels. (Thanks for commenting on my blog https://lifestylefifty.com the other day – from Boomer Travel Bloggers 🙂 )
London has an amazing history. You’re welcome!
I remember climbing all those steps up the monument when I was 12 years old. My mom told me all that history, and still think of it as a very dramatic story. Thanks for the memories 🙂
Well done for climbing all those steps! Must have been challenging.
It great to be reading your post again. It’s always the best efforts you have put into your content, that’s why it will help many out there looking to learn.
By the way, Thanks for the great read Bola.
You are most welcome. I would like to say the same for your posts and the video sessions. thanks for visiting!