Friday September 2nd marks the 350th anniversary of the start of what is now known as the Great Fire of London. The fire started early on the 2nd and after the fire was extinguished several days later, approximately 4/5 of the city was destroyed including 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, The Royal Exchange, Guildhall and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Czech artist Wencelaus Hollar was working on a map of the city before the fire and was involved in mapping the damage as a result of the conflagration. The image above, from the original in the British Library, depicts the city before and after the fire.
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