Christopher Wren's Temple Bar

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Christopher Wren's Temple Bar

Christopher Wren's Temple Bar
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • St. Paul's • 2 min walk
  • Blackfriars • 6 min walk

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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,092 contributions
Stone archway
Mar 2020 • Friends
The only surviving gateway to the Old City, it was moved to its current location in 2004 and is worth a visit when visiting St Paul's Cathedral.
Written March 19, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
Now a grand entrance to Paternoster Square!
Jul 2019
We had been to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral again during our most recent stay in London. After we had finished our tour of the interior of the cathedral, we made our way to Paternoster Square for a bit of time out.
In the process we were able to again view the ornate Temple Bar archway which now forms one of the entrances to Paternoster Square. This structure had originally stood in the Strand as the grand entrance to the City of London. The structure was dismantled during the nineteenth century and relocated to a country estate. In 2004, the structure was moved to its current location in Paternoster Square.
It was nice to once again be able to admire the intricate stone carvings and small statues on the façade of this elaborate archway.
This is a “must-see” historic structure in this part of London!
Written December 15, 2019
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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
A moveable historical feast
Oct 2019 • Solo
Temple Bar is a gateway reputedly designed by Sir Christopher Wren built in Portland stone which since 2013 has been situated at the southern end of Paternoster Square EC4 dividing it from St. Paul’s churchyard. It replaced a timber gatehouse topped with a prison dating from about 1400. It is so named as it have access to the area of London known as ‘the Temple’ which today is still home to two of the four Inns of Court to which aspiring barristers must join in order to be called to the bar. It also marked the point where major processions entered the city. In 1878 it was taken down to make way for the building of the new Royal Courts of Justice and removed brick by brick to Theobald’s Park in Hertfordshire. It has since been restored to its rightful place in the City of London.
Written October 19, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Old Entrance
Sep 2019 • Solo
This wonderfully beautiful building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, used to be the old entrance to the City of London before being disassembled and rebuilt in Cheshire? (I think) as an entrance to a grand estate.

It has been bought back to London and reassembled at the entrance to Paternoster Square.
Written September 12, 2019
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ6,752 contributions
Near St. Paul's Cathedral
May 2018 • Friends
Ornate arch served as a gateway to the historic City of London. Reconstructed at its current location near St. Paul's Cathedral. Designed by Christopher Wren.
Written April 14, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Temple Bar
Feb 2019 • Solo
This landmark of London is the old ceremonial entrance into of western London. Strictly speaking, Temple Bar refers to a notional barrier, but is commonly used to refer to the Christopher Wren designed, 17th-century ornamental Baroque arched gateway.
Written February 17, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Much relocated piece of history
Dec 2018 • Solo
This ornate arch and gateway originally marked the border in the Strand between the City of London and the West End on the traditional royal procession route from the Tower of London to the Palace of Westminster. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and features statues of Anne of Denmark, James I, Charles I and Charles II. It was taken down in 1878 to improve traffic flow and re-erected at Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire, before being moved again in 2003 to its current site in Paternoster Square next to St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a majestic piece of architecture, very well worth visiting.
Written December 22, 2018
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Dr_Waugh
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK6,180 contributions
Gateway
Nov 2018 • Friends
Temple Bar is now a passageway between St Paul’s and Paternoster Square. It’s easy to find as it’s right beside St Paul’s, worth a look if you’re interested.
Written November 14, 2018
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FatBellyGutBucket
Farnham, UK14 contributions
Excellent Bar none
Oct 2018 • Friends
just such a hoot to see this back in London. I mean, I didn't see it in London the first time around cos I would be like 200 if I had! But as a piece of iconic Wren architecture and so close to his piece de resistance!

Was somewhat skewed by having the Red Bull F1 car almost underneath it at the time though!
Written October 8, 2018
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,555 contributions
Ornate Archway
Jul 2018 • Couples
On another recent visit to London & lunch at The Paternoster Chop House we were walking to Paternoster Sq & came across Temple Bar.
I have since learnt that this gateway was moved from Fleet Street where it marked the entrance to the City.
Most definitely worth a look if in the area.
Very ornate.
Written July 25, 2018
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