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The Monument

July - Peter Chamberlin

The Monument to the Great Fire of London rises above narrow London streets with its golden urn high up catching the sunlight.
It's all known that the Monument remembers the Great Fire of London. Less well known that it was designed by Christopher Wren and the scientist polymath Robert Hooke as a zenith telescope for studying the position of stars. There is an observation room in the base and a small aperture in the top of the urn. It was also used for barometric and pendulum experiments.
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