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Church Micro 3000: London St Paul's Cathedral

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Hidden : 9/16/2012
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Geocache Description:

The above coordinates are not for the final cache, they are for two red telephone boxes which will give you a good view of the main entrance to this famous Cathedral. You will need to study the Cathedral and answer some questions to find the final cache location.

Background to the cache:

In August 2012 I was planning an Earthcache Church Micro. I was a bit cheeky and asked sadexploration whether Church Micro 3000 was available as I knew the series was nearly at this significant milestone. No was the reply but to my surprise Steve said if I could put a good cache out at St Paul's Cathedral I could have CM3000 for that! Wow what an honour I thought and I soon said yes.

St Paul's Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. St Paul's sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, and is the mother church of the Diocese of London. The present church dating from the late 17th century was built to an English Baroque design of Sir Christopher Wren, as part of a major rebuilding program which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London. The task of designing a replacement structure was officially assigned to Sir Christopher Wren on 30 July 1669. He had previously been put in charge of designing over fifty other City churches. During the extensive period of design and rationalisation Wren employed from 1684 Nicholas Hawksmoor as his principal assistant. Concurrent with designing St Paul's. The Cathedral took 32 years to build and was completed within Sir Christopher Wren's lifetime.

The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. In terms of area, St Paul's is the second largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.
St Paul's Cathedral occupies a significant place in the national identity of the English population. It is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as postcard images of the dome standing tall, surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz.

Important services held at St Paul's include the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, the launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for the Golden Jubilee, the 80th Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. St Paul's Cathedral is a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services.

So to the cache:

Stand at the telephone boxes and look at the entrance to the Cathedral.

A = Number of ground level Columns 
B = Number of pairs of ground level Colomns
C = Number of upper floor Columns
D = Number of Pairs of Upper floor Columns
E = Number of Gold crosses on top of the Cathedral.

Cache can be found at:

N51 30. C (A-C-D) (D+E)

W000 05. (B+E) (B-E) (C-E)

Cache is a magnetic 35mm Container

If any body would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let sadexploration know so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Zntargvp. Frr fcbvyre

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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