St Pauls, which is modelled on St Martin's in London (except they use what looks like the front entrance in St Martins as the rear in St Pauls and vice versa), has been extremely lucky over the centuries. Death and destruction have several times wreaked havoc of the surrounding area, only for the church to remain standing with either no or very little damage.
This church was used as a shelter and place of rest for those who dug through the pile after the 9/11 attacks and if you visit the church you will see many mementoes of this. There is a makeshiftt cot that the fire fighters, policemen and volunteers slept on in between digging, an altar that has remained the same since with pictures of the missing and the dead, tokens of encouragement and thankfulness sent by many around the world and it is quite an atmospheric place.
I mean, churches are of course in any case atmospheric, but this one has several extra degrees of holiness.
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