|Seven previous churches occupied this spot. The sixth church on the site was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666; the seventh, since rebuilt after its devastation in World War II, was one of the first post-fire churches ready for worship and is one of Wren's grander edifices.|
|Today, however, this historic church is crammed among taller buildings and can barely be seen from most angles.|
The tower and main entrance under the towerThe steeple is Wren's tallest (226 feet; 68 meters high) and many think his most beautiful. It is comprised of a "succession of octagonal arcades, pulled out 'like a telescope,' as Pevsner said, and surmounted by a vestigial steeple" (Jones and Woodward 270).
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