The Monument - This doric column, which is the loftiest in the world, was begun by Sir Christopher Wren in the year 1671, and was finished in 1677. It was erected as a memorial of the fire in 1666, which reduced to ashes 400 streets, 13,200 houses, the cathedral of St. Paul’s, 87 parish churches, 6 chapels, the greatest part of the principal public edifices, and 50 halls of the London companies. The whole loss of which is estimated at 10,703,500l.
This conflagration was succeeded by a war, and the plague, but notwithstanding these calamities, London was rebuilt in a very few years, and is now become the largest and most magnificent town in Europe.
This pillar is 202 feet in height, and from the top, affords a most delightful prospect on all sides, &c.