Monument

Monument Street, EC3R 8AH
Monument
Probably the largest monument to a fire ever

The Monument to the Great Fire of London, more commonly known simply as the Monument, commemorates the Great Fire of London. It stands 202 ft (62 m) tall and the same distance from the place where the Great Fire is widely presumed to have started on 2 September 1666. Constructed between 1671 and 1677, it is the tallest isolated stone column in the world and was built on the site of St. Margaret's, Fish Street, the first church to be burnt down by the Great Fire. The Monument comprises a fluted Doric column built of Portland stone topped with a gilded urn of fire, and was designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke. A mesh cage was added in the mid-19th century at the top of the Monument to prevent people jumping off, after six people had committed suicide from the structure between 1788 and 1842. Wikipedia/CTGuides