St. Vedast

Sir Christopher Wren
1670-73; tower: 1697

Although the body of the church is not remarkable, the spire is considered by some to be Wren's most elegant work. Its Baroque undulations were designed to contrast with the elaborate classical steeple of nearby St. Mary-le-Bow.
This late steeple was inspired by the works of the Italian Baroque architect Borromini. The square tower provides a base for the steeple, which rises up in stages, the first with concave walls and grouped pilasters at the corners, the next with convex walls, and finally an obelisk (with the sense of concavities up the sides) and a weather vane at the top.

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