Christopher Wren – St. Paul’s Cathedral London
Today October 20, 2014 Google UK uses a Google Doodle to focus on the St Paul’s Cathedral celebrating the life and legacy of Christopher Wren. Completed in 1720, the cathedral is considered to be English architect Christopher Wren’s magnum opus. But, with a portfolio featuring British landmarks like the Royal Observatory of Greenwich and Kensington Palace, Wren’s legacy stands tall throughout England.
Today’s Google Doodle show the St Paul’s Cathedral being built in a matter of seconds as part of the ode to Christopher Wren. Sir Christopher Wren is one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666.
About Christopher Wren
Christopher Wren was born on the 20th of October 1632 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England and died on the 25th of February 1723 at the age of 90 in London. Christopher Wren specialized in the fields of Architecture, physics, astronomy, and mathematics. Interesting to note he received his schooling at Wadham College and the University of Oxford. His legacy - Designer of 54 churches including St Paul's Cathedral, as well as many secular buildings of note in London after the Great Fire.
About Christopher Wren Freemason
Since at least the 18th century, the Lodge of Antiquity No. 2, one of the four founding Masonic Lodges of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 has claimed Christopher Wren to have been its Master at the Goose and Gridiron at St. Paul's churchyard.
Whilst he was rebuilding the cathedral: he is said to have been "adopted" on 18 May 1691 (that is, accepted as a sort of honorary member or patron, rather than an operative).
About Christopher Wren and the King
At one time Christopher Wren was credited with the design of the King's House at Newmarket. The attribution gave rise to an apocryphal story in which Charles II, who was over six feet tall, complained about the low ceilings. Christopher Wren, who was not so tall, replied that "They were high enough!", at which the king crouched down until he was on a level with his Surveyor and strutted about saying, "Ay, Ay, Sir Christopher Wren, I think they are high enough."
Source Wikipedia Christopher Wren
For more information on Christopher Wren we highly recommend that you check out the article about Christopher Wren on Wikipedia. The entry provides more in-depth details about Christopher Wren and showcase images of some of the buildings and churches he was Architect too. Indeed an interesting man, and Doodle today!