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Christopher Wren's Temple Bar

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Christopher Wren's Temple Bar

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Entrance TO Paul's Cathedral Next To St. 10 Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7AL England
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Alice R wrote a review Mar 2020
Hobart, Australia7,677 contributions559 helpful votes
The only surviving gateway to the Old City, it was moved to its current location in 2004 and is worth a visit when visiting St Paul's Cathedral.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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BigHugh51 wrote a review Dec 2019
Adelaide, Australia3,632 contributions1,085 helpful votes
We had been to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral again during our most recent stay in London. After we had finished our tour of the interior of the cathedral, we made our way to Paternoster Square for a bit of time out. In the process we were able to again view the ornate Temple Bar archway which now forms one of the entrances to Paternoster Square. This structure had originally stood in the Strand as the grand entrance to the City of London. The structure was dismantled during the nineteenth century and relocated to a country estate. In 2004, the structure was moved to its current location in Paternoster Square. It was nice to once again be able to admire the intricate stone carvings and small statues on the façade of this elaborate archway. This is a “must-see” historic structure in this part of London!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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futtock21 wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom9,842 contributions1,219 helpful votes
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Temple Bar is a gateway reputedly designed by Sir Christopher Wren built in Portland stone which since 2013 has been situated at the southern end of Paternoster Square EC4 dividing it from St. Paul’s churchyard. It replaced a timber gatehouse topped with a prison dating from about 1400. It is so named as it have access to the area of London known as ‘the Temple’ which today is still home to two of the four Inns of Court to which aspiring barristers must join in order to be called to the bar. It also marked the point where major processions entered the city. In 1878 it was taken down to make way for the building of the new Royal Courts of Justice and removed brick by brick to Theobald’s Park in Hertfordshire. It has since been restored to its rightful place in the City of London.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Chris wrote a review Sep 2019
St Albans, United Kingdom4,406 contributions827 helpful votes
This wonderfully beautiful building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, used to be the old entrance to the City of London before being disassembled and rebuilt in Cheshire? (I think) as an entrance to a grand estate. It has been bought back to London and reassembled at the entrance to Paternoster Square.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Wesley C wrote a review Apr 2019
Tucson, Arizona6,768 contributions574 helpful votes
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Ornate arch served as a gateway to the historic City of London. Reconstructed at its current location near St. Paul's Cathedral. Designed by Christopher Wren.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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