Near the baptismal font was a diamond-shaped plaque honoring those who fought so hard to save the landmark from destruction during the Second World War.
The immense dome just beyond the monument was painted with scenes from the life of St. Paul but it was just one of three. Looking up through the opening, we could see the light-filled lantern of the second dome. The last dome was only visible from outside and was made of lead-covered wood. The three-in-one dome was intentional so worshippers wouldn't feel awed by the tallest dome which was the second-largest one in the world when it was built.
The American Memorial Chapel commemorated the sacrifices of British and American people during WW II and especially the American servicemen whose names were recorded in the Roll of Honor. The tablet was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in November of 1958 in the presence of Vice President Nixon.
Thank you for accompanying us on this adventure from the comfort of your home. I hope you enjoyed seeing this part of the world through my lens and that you will join us on our next adventure! After the Ireland/UK trip, we left a month later in early November for "the trip of a lifetime" to Antarctica and then Patagonia and Paraguay but I've already blogged about that trip! In case you missed it here's the link to one of the Antarctica posts:
Our plans this past spring were a four-month trip beginning on March 1st to parts of Asia and the Middle East we hadn't explored yet. Well, as everyone knows, the novel coronavirus stepped in and changed plans the world over. We were in southern India, just two weeks into the trip, when we had to rush home. Here's a link to one exciting day on our brief escape in Sri Lanka and India:
We'd thought we'd come home from that trip in late June via San Francisco so we could meet our first grandchild who would have recently been born in the city by the bay. When we got home in mid-March, we began planning a road trip out to see our son, daughter-in-law, and their little angel, Max, in mid-June and then a very circuitous route home to Denver via the national parks in the Pacific Northwest! I'll start writing about the highlights within the week.
Now we've been home for two weeks, it's almost time for us to "hit the road" again as now we have a second granddaughter, Clara, who was born within seven weeks of her cousin! It looks like we'll be heading therefore to Chicago in two weeks so we can see that happy family on our way to the Florida panhandle where we made reservations last September to rent a cabin in a state park. While in the southeast US until mid-October, we'll be making several side trips throughout the region so stay tuned if you want to follow us to the beach and to some state capitals! Steven and I wish you good health and some of your own adventures in the next few months. Please stay safe.