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March 26, 2005

Southwark Cathedral

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Southwark was once the entertainment district of London. It's most famous feature was the Globe Theatre where William Shakespeare produced the plays that school children all over the English speaking world hate and serious theatre goers absolutely adore. A modern reconstruction of the Globe Theatre stands on the spot and is dedicated to the exploration and performance of Shakespeare's works.

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Southwark is on the south bank of the Thames, just near the Tower Bridge. We accessed this area using the Big Red Tour buses on which you can buy a 24 hour site-seeing ticket. There has been a church on this site for over a thousand years. On the river side of the church a new conference centre has been built, containing a nice little cafe where we had lunch. Between the restaurant and the main structure of the church is an area where excavations have been left open so that visitors can see remnants of the Roman foundations and other early parts of the church walls.

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In Southwark Cathedral is a monument to the bard that was paid for by his admirer's. It contains a life-sized figure of Shakespeare, reclining in front of a bas-relief of the Southwark skyline, promenantly showing the theatre and the spire of the cathedral.

Posted by robynls at March 26, 2005 3:09 PM

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Thank you for allowing me to visit a place I will never see. Churches are always on my list to photograph when I do get away from my little area, but I never get inside to take pictures.

Posted by: Bonnie at March 26, 2005 11:09 PM

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