TQ3280 : Southwark Cathedral from The Shard

taken 9 years ago, near to City of London, Great Britain

Southwark Cathedral from The Shard
Southwark Cathedral from The Shard
Southwark Cathedral is almost at the foot of The Shard. This view of it is from the latter's viewing gallery and the old church looks almost like a toy from this elevation.
For more information about Southwark Cathedral see TQ3280 : Southwark Cathedral
See shared description for The Shard below:
The Shard

At 1016' (309.6m) The Shard is the tallest habitable building in Western Europe. The building has a total of 95 storeys, but the top 23 are considered to be its spire. There are public viewing galleries on two of the floors, the 68th and 72nd, the latter being the highest "habitable" floor, at an altitude of 800' (244m), giving views - on the clearest days - as far as 35 miles (55km) in every direction.
The Shard took three years to build, involving nearly 1500 construction workers during its peak construction phase.
It has a massive concrete central core, with almost as much concrete again in its foundations. Attached to this is a complex steel structure which is clad in triple-glazed glass panels. This exterior consists of 11,000 individual glazed panels with a total area of over 600,000ft (56,000m) - the equivalent of about eight football pitches.
The trip from the Ground floor to the viewing galleries is in two separate lifts, the first one from floors 0 to 33, the second from 33 to 67. They both travel at about 6m/s - or about a floor per second.
On a clear day the panorama from the viewing galleries is excellent as you are at the highest fixed point in the city; the buildings, trains and traffic looking almost like models from this vantage point.
The Shard is a multi-purpose building containing an hotel, restaurants, residential and office space - with a total floor area of 1.2 million ft (110,000 m).
The architect of this building is the Italian Renzo Piano who created the building for the developer Irvine Sellar.
Visiting the "View from the Shard" viewing galleries costs 25 for adults and 19 for children if booked in advance. (2013)

Southwark Cathedral

There has been a religious building on the site for over a thousand years, and before that there was a Roman presence. In the covered corridor between the Millennium extension and the cathedral there is a good Roman statue that was found during recent excavations. The present cathedral building dates from the early C13th through to the C15th, though the nave was demolished and rebuilt in the late Victorian era. Until 1905 this was simply St Saviours church, but it was elevated to cathedral status in that year. There are some interesting monuments, including one to William Shakespeare who lived nearby for a number of years, though of course he is buried in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon; his brother, Edmund, however was buried here in an unmarked grave in 1607. There is also a polished granite memorial LinkExternal link at the western end of the cathedral to the 51 souls who perished on the 20th August 1989 in the Marchioness Disaster LinkExternal link nearby on the River Thames.

Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral lies on the south bank of the River Thames close to London Bridge. It has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,000 years, but a cathedral only since 1905. The present building is mainly Gothic dating from between 1220 and 1420.
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Date Taken
Monday, 18 February, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 21 February, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 327 803 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.3636N 0:5.3618W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3290 8015
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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