Monument to the Great Fire of London
Commemorating the Great Fire of London, this 202ft tall monument (the tallest free standing column in the world!) stands exactly 202ft from the spot in Pudding Lane where the fire started on the 2nd of September 1666. Designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, it was built between 1671 and 1677 on the site of the church of St. Margeret's; the first church to be destroyed by the fire.
Three sides show Latin inscriptions of the actions taken by King Charles I, how the Monument was completed and under which mayors, how the fire started, how vast was the damage and how it was put out. One of the sides originally blamed the Roman Catholics for the fire, but were chilled out in 1830!
Climb the 311 steps for a wonderful view of London, in-between the soaring sky scrapers and church spires.