Welcome to the Monument

Great Fire of London 1666

The Monument is one of the City of London’s most outstanding landmarks and visitor attractions

The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City.

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Introduction

The Monument stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London.

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History

Incidents

Several incidents have taken place at the Monument during the passage of the years, some amusing, some daring and some tragic.

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History

During the war

The Monument has undergone frequent repair and redecoration. In May 1834 it was completely renovated …

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Design

Sir Christopher Wren prepared several designs for the Monument and the selection and approval of his final design …

Wren was an English scientist and mathematician and one of the country’s most distinguished architects, best known for the design of many London churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral. He was a founder of the Royal Society and his scientific work was highly regarded by Sir Isaac Newton.

In 2007, the Monument closed for an 18-month programme of improvements and repairs

The £4.5 million restoration project, funded by the City of London Corporation, involved the cleaning and repair of the Monument’s stonework and the re-gilding of it’s famous golden orb.

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Restoration images

6 August 2008

The gilders applying some of the gold leaf to the gilded copper orb of the Monument.

Carver mason Mark Thompson making templates for repairs to the dragon wings - images by Harris Digital Productions
Restoration images

6 May 2008

Carver mason Mark Thompson making templates for repairs to the dragon wings.

First close up look at the dragons - images by Harris Digital Productions
Restoration images

6 February 2008

First close up look at the dragons and the growth of algae and lichen.

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Restoration images

4 December 2008

The scaffolding has now been dismantled. Over the next few days the steel joists and the concrete base will be removed.

Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 12:07pm
20/21 #TheGreatFireOfLondonWalk

To go full circle in this story, Caius Gabriel Cibber the Danish artist who contributed to @themonumentinfo also carved the phoenix on the south side of Wren's St Paul's Cathedral. https://t.co/GBPA7EmhUp
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Saturday, November 21st, 2020 at 8:14am
#Onthisday in 1632, Sir Christopher Wren was born. An architect, astronomer and mathematician, he would go on to design @StPaulsLondon, @themonumentinfo, and 52 of London's post-Great Fire churches. #otd #lovelondon #history #london https://t.co/qYYiFBojzx themonumentinfo photo