Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren was an English anatomist, astronomer, geometer, and mathematician-physicist, as well as one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history.

Born: Wednesday, 20 October 1632
Died: Thursday, 25 February 1723

Since the 18th century, the Lodge of Antiquity No. 2, has claimed Christopher Wren to have been its Master.

Considered to be the one of the most acclaimed architects in history, Sir Christopher Wren was a decorated scholar and Freemason who worked tirelessly for humanity and the Craft.

In this capacity he erected a large number of churches, the Royal Exchange, Greenwich Observatory, and many other public edifices. But his crowning work, the masterpiece that has given him his largest reputation, is the Cathedral of Saint Paul’s, which was commenced in 1675 and finished in 1710. The original plan that was proposed by Wren was rejected through the ignorance of the authorities, and differed greatly from the one on which it has been constructed.

St. Paul's Cathedral, London, is the most gigantic structure in the world consecrated to the interests of Protestant Christianity, and is only excelled in grandeur and extent by St. Peter's, in Rome.

As you enter the central door from the north and pass between the great pillars to the centre of the floor beneath the dome, you stop and look around and upward amazement.

The entire building is on such a gigantic scale; so grand, so imposing, so solid, so perfect, that you feel subdued and awed as in the presence of the Master-builder himself; a sense of magnitude, of power, of grandeur, rivets you to the spot, and it is some time before you dare move or turn to examine in detail. The form of this master-piece of architecture is that of a Greek cross; its extreme length is five hundred feet; its greatest width is two hundred and twenty-three feet; and its height, to the cross above the dome, is nearly or quite four hundred feet. 

Standing on the mosaic floor beneath the centre of the dome, facing the south, you turn to your left, and in front of you is the organ, and beyond it, the choir. As you advance to near the organ, you are met with the most fitting and appropriate epitaph conceivable. There are eight Corinthian columns of blue-veined marble, which support the organ and gallery, and which are richly ornamented with carved work. On the side next the dome, in the front of this gallery, on a plain marble slab, is a Latin inscription, (formerly in gold letters,) which reads as follows in English:


The builder of this Church and City,
Who lived upward of ninety years, not for himself,
but for the public good.

Reader, seekest thou his monument?

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