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Photographing London: A journey from 675 AD to 2015 Special

Posted Jul 10, 2015 by David Silverberg
Anyone interested in European history and medieval culture would be wise to visit London. Check out what I enjoyed during my London travels this summer.
The Tower of London castle
The Tower of London castle
When I passed by a church on Byward Street in London, I was floored by its founding date: 675 AD. Heck, my country Canada first saw Western civilization brought to its shores in the 15th century. Canada felt like a pre-teen compared to London.
This experience was repeated throughout my London adventures. When I soaked in the splendor of St. Paul's Cathedral, consecrated in 1708, I could feel the historical significance of the site seep through the ancient walls and archaic statues. Same goes for the Tower of London castle, first built in 1078.
London is a city you want to enjoy on foot, but also is appreciated via its iconic double-decker bus. I went the tourist route and got a bus tour via a double-decker, so I can wallow in the sky-tickling sites such as Big Ben and the Tower Bridge. Our guide was also engaging and informative, offering anecdotes about the Great Fire, for instance, that I wouldn't have gleaned on my own.
I appreciated how almost every museum and art gallery in London was free (come on, Canada, get your act together!), so I had a splendid time visiting the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery. Expect a separate photo essay detailing my visit to those landmarks.
Many friends have asked me what I enjoyed most in London. The Tower of London took the Batternberg cake, thanks to my passion for castle artistry and medieval culture. I was raised on Tolkien, and felt some of that fantastical imagination come to life in a complex structure rich with history.
See below for a selection of photos from my London holiday:
Tourists and residents relaxing near London s Cambridge Theatre
Tourists and residents relaxing near London's Cambridge Theatre
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.
The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.
London s oldest church  All-Hallows-By-The-Tower  built in 675
London's oldest church, All-Hallows-By-The-Tower, built in 675
King s Cross station in London  with a very artistic ceiling
King's Cross station in London, with a very artistic ceiling
Outside view of St. Paul s Cathedral in London
Outside view of St. Paul's Cathedral in London
The interior of St Paul s Cathedral during a Sunday service  in London
The interior of St Paul's Cathedral during a Sunday service, in London
Sculpture along a walkway in the Tower of London
Sculpture along a walkway in the Tower of London
Some rhyming poetry/PSA found in London s Tube
Some rhyming poetry/PSA found in London's Tube
Skilled street art found in Camden Market  London
Skilled street art found in Camden Market, London
The Queen s Guard positioned inside the Tower of London
The Queen's Guard positioned inside the Tower of London