And the city that rose from the ashes of that fire was decorated by the Wren-designed spires of some 50 churches. Today, it’s the symbol of London’s resilience: its rise from the Great Fire, and of London’s survival of the Blitz of World War II. In the 1800s, Queen Victoria called St. Paul’s “dim, dingy, and ungodly,” so the east end of the church was then slathered with Victorian bling…beautiful Victorian bling. Christopher Wren spent nearly half his life working on St. Paul’s. The abbey is filled with the remains of people who put the Great in Britain — saints, musicians, scientists, and soldiers.