St. Dunstan in the East, London

20140626-020916-7756247.jpg Near London’s Monument and Tower Hill, tucked behind the many office buildings that make up the city’s skyline, lies the beautiful, overgrown ruins of the medieval church of St. Dunstan in the East. The building was originally constructed around 1100 and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after sustaining severe damages in the 1666 Great Fire of London. Wren added the steeple and tower during this reconstruction in the 1690’s, and they remain the only parts of the church that survived the Blitz of 1941. Following the end of World War II and the re-organisation of the Anglican Church, it was unfortunately decided not to rebuild St. Dunstan’s. However in 1967, the City of London decided to turn the remains into a public garden, opening it in 1970. A range of plants now wend their way around the ruins, with vines and foliage naturally draped around the walls and windows of the church. It presents a scene more akin to a Romantic and picturesque painting, and is a hidden gem well worth visiting in London.

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