61 metres tall. 311 steps. A tribute to the devastating fire of 1666. Essential history.
At one end of Monument Street, near London Bridge, stands a column of 61-metres tall. This is the same place where the Great Fire of 1666 was accidentally started in a bakery and meant the devastation and subsequent reconstruction of much of the city. It's a monument that commemorates this disaster and the great effort of the reconstruction, which is something that the citizens of London are really proud of. It’s open to the public, so if you're feeling strong, you can climb the 311 narrow steps that form the shape of a snail and lead you to the top, allowing you to admire the views as well as its golden orb that’s crowned with golden flames. And, if your Latin is good too, you will be able to read its inscriptions that tell the Great Fire's sequence of events, the actions taken by Charles II following the fire and the construction process of the monument. But that's not all since, once you've come down, you’ll be given a certificate for your own keepsake, in recognition of your effort. And if your curiosity has been sparked by the fire, the Golden Boy of Pye Corner which marks the spot of where the fire was extinguished is located between Giltspur Street and Cock Lane.