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Monument

Monument

Monument Street, EC3
Monument

The Act of Parliament which provided for the reconstruction of the city after the Great Fire of 1666 also provided for a memorial to commemorate it: "Be it further enacted, That a Column or Pillar of Brase (brass) or Stone be erected on or as neere unto the place where the said Fire soe unhappily began." Originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren and altered somewhat by Robert Hooke, this 202 ft. high column of white Portland stone, was erected in 1671. The Monument is the tallest "isolated" column in the world.


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