The Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral in London
Posted by Editor on September 13, 2013
Did you know that in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London is the famous Whispering Gallery located in the vault area of the great temple of London? It is called whispering gallery due to an architectural space that regularly promotes its acoustic effect so that the whispering along the wall on one side of the room can be heard perfectly on the opposite side. This acoustic phenomenon is said to have its maximum expression in the Whispering Gallery of St. Paul’s Cathedral which is located on the dome of one of the larger domes that exist in the world.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral and Queen Anne’s statue
St Paul’s Cathedral London
The Dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in London has a diameter of 31 meters and was built in the late seventeenth century. Later the reconstruction of the cathedral was made after its destruction in the Great Fire of London. On the tour of St Paul’s Cathedral you get to visit the gallery of Whispers. Climbing to the top of the dome from which external viewpoints have spectacular panoramic views of London, you will pass through the gallery above the bottom of the vault. It is in this area where you have the opportunity to see this acoustic effect.
The Cathedral of St. Paul is not the only building where you find a gallery of whispers. A similar effect occurs for example in the Science Museum of Príncipe Felipe of Valencia and the Echo Wall of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in a circular wall of 60 meters.
View from the whispering gallery
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St. Paul’s Cathedral photos: Wally Gobetz, Claire Huton, Mat Bidulph.