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I love this shot for many reasons, mainly because there's a contrast of vintage vs modern, edgy vs traditional in the architecture. On the left side there's the iconic "Shard" building. Some facts on the building: • The Shard is 309.6 metres (1,016ft) high. • It has 11,000 glass panels. • There are 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts. • There are 306 flights of stairs. • The total floor space is 11 hectares (27 acres). • 95% of the construction materials are recycled. • 20% of the steelwork is from recycled sources. • The design was influenced by the irregular nature of the site. • Each facet forms a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top. • The corners of the development are open and the shards do not touch, allowing the building to "breathe". • There are 72 habitable floors. • The Shard is the tallest building in Europe. On the right side there's the Southwark Cathedral. • The cathedral is one of only a few historic buildings in Southwark that survived the nineteenth century. • The ramp to the London Bridge and the elevated railroads are just meters away. • The cathedral is commonly known as Southwark Cathedral but its official name is Cathedral church of St. Saviour and St. Mary Overie. The suffix 'overie' stems from the church's position 'over the river'. • The iconic crossing tower, built in the fourteenth century, is decorated with four pinnacles that were added in 1689. • The church is Gothic in style with a mixture of French and English elements. • In the south aisle is a monument erected in 1912 as a tribute to William Shakespeare, who lived in Southwark from 1599 to 1611.
I used to give tours of my campus in college, and it was so fun for me to know all the fun facts about the buildings! I agree, it just makes you feel so connected to a place. @jibarito
@nicolejb indeed! That's an exiting thing to have, knowledge is very important in so many aspects.
@nicolejb Thanks! It was my pleasure to share the facts, I too feel that way, the more you know, the more special it becomes. I'm glad to know you took the time to read the facts.
Wow! This is an excellent photo! And thanks for the facts. Buildings really come alive after you know more about them.