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May, 2011 Paul L. Gleiser


London, England

The dome of St. Paul's Cathedral atop Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. Next to the cathedral is the remaining spire of St. Augustine, Watling Street Church. The present day St. Paul's Cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and dates from the 17th century. It is generally reckoned to be the fifth St. Paul's church to sit on the site since the first one ca. 604 AD. The church is a cathedral by virtue of the fact that it is the seat of the Bishop of London, the head of a diocese that dates from 604 AD. The spire of St. Augustine, Watling Street Church is what remains of a co-located parish church that was severely damaged by German bombs during the blitz of 1941. The church cat, named Faith, became quite well known after the air raid which destroyed St Augustine's. Days before she was seen moving her kitten, Panda, to a basement area. Despite being brought back several times, Faith insisted on returning Panda to her refuge. On the morning after the air raid the rector searched through the dangerous ruins for the missing animals, and eventually found Faith, frightened but safe, surrounded by smoldering rubble and debris but still guarding the kitten in the spot she had selected three days earlier.

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