the monument

The Monument is one of those funny places which people just forget about. i had a meeitng a few minutes walk from it and i was a bit early so i paid my £2 and went in
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there’s 311 steps on the cantilevered stone staircase which seemed to go on forever
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right at the top of the Monument is a drum and a copper urn from which flames emerged, symbolising the Great Fire. The whole thing is 202 feet high – the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the Great fire of London began on 2 Sept 1666. The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city.
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thanks to 300+ years of public access the viewing platform is covered in graffiti
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of course the thing that once stood high above the city is now lost amongst the taller building around it, like the new gherkin building
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but there’s still a fine view of Tower Bridge and the river
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