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London
Paternoster Square
Near St Paul’s Cathedral
TfL Fare Zone1
 
 
At the top of Ludgate Hill in the City of London and on the north side of St Paul’s Cathedral, is Paternoster Square.
 
This is a modern re-working of a previously unpopular World War II bomb site development. It is named after the medieval clergy’s habit of walking here, reciting the ‘Lords Prayer ‘Our Father’ (the Pater Noster).
 
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The Square is now surrounded by financial institutions and is the location of the London Stock Exchange but it is still a popular spot to sit on a fine day, enjoying lunchtime sandwiches.
 
Monuments & Sculptures
The Square has three reminders of the importance of this area in London’s history.
 
The Paternoster Square Column is a modern, 75 foot (23 metre) high Corinthian column topped by a gold leaf covered copper flaming urn. It is a miniature replica of the Great Fire of London memorial, The Monument. At night it is illuminated by a fibre optic light.
 
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On the side of the square is the Temple Bar relocated to this site in 2004. Until 1878 this stone arch used to stand where Fleet Street becomes The Strand and marked the westernmost boundary of the City of London. The boundaries of the City of London are now marked by ornamental statues of a Griffin.
 
At the north end of the square is a lovely bronze sculpture Shepherd and Sheep (1975) by Dame Elizabeth Frink. The position of the sculpture recalls that this area was once an ancient livestock market. Dame Elizabeth is also responsible for designing The Eagle Lectern in Coventry Cathedral.
 
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Looming over the Square is Sir Christopher Wren’s great architectural masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral.
 
After the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to design 50 churches to replace those lost in the fire. One of the most remarkable and not far from St Paul’s, is St Bride's Church. Its tiered steeple is reputed to be the model for the modern tiered wedding cake.
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Paternoster Square, visit the TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
St Paul’s Station Central Line
Mansion House Station District and Circle Lines
Cannon Street Station District and Circle Lines
 
- By Bus
Routes Nos. 4, 11, 15, 23, 25
 
- By Open Top Tour Bus
Do not forget that Visitors may use their 'Open Top' Tour Bus ticket to visit this attraction  
 
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