Google have celebrated the 382nd birthday of British architect Christopher Wren with a doodle on the Google.co.uk homepage.
The animated video doodle shows the Great Fire of London destroying St Paul’s Cathedral, only for it to be rebuilt – by Christopher Wren.
One week after Wren had originally submitted designs to rebuild the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in August 1666, the Great Fire of London burned the St Paul’s (and two thirds of the city of London) to the ground.
On news of the fire, Wren returned from Oxford to London, surveyed the damage, and eventually submitted plans to Charles II to rebuild the city.
In took 33 years to rebuild St Paul’s Cathedral – though as Google state in their text accompanying this doodle: “on our homepage in the U.K, it happens in a matter of seconds.”
You can watch a HD video version of the doodle here: