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Wren's birthday honoured with Google Doodle

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Google has wished Christopher Wren a ‘Happy 382nd birthday’ with an animation depicting St Paul’s Cathedral

Christopher Wren, who was born 382 years ago today on October 20, 1632, is the latest historical figure to be immortalised with a Google Doodle.

Today (October 20) the homepage of the internet giant features an animation showing the construction of Wren’s most famous work, St Paul’s Cathedral.

According to Google, ‘it took 33 years to build St. Paul’s Cathedral in London but today, on our homepage in the U.K, it happens in a matter of seconds. Completed in 1720, the cathedral is considered to be English architect Christopher Wren’s magnum opus.

‘But, with a portfolio featuring British landmarks like the Royal Observatory of Greenwich and Kensington Palace, Wren’s legacy stands tall throughout England. Happy 382nd birthday to Christopher Wren!

Wren joins architectural heavyweights that include Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van Der Rohe, Kenzo Tange and Antoni Gaudí to be honoured on the search engine’s homepage.

See a full archive of doodles.

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Mies van der Rohe

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Mies van der Rohe’s 126th Birthday (Mar 27, 2012)

Kenzo Tange

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Kenzo Tange’s 100th Birthday (Sep 4, 2013)

Walter Gropius

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125th Birthday of Walter Gropius (May 17, 2008)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 150th Birthday (Jun 7, 2008)

Antoni Gaudí

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Antoni Gaudí’s 161st Birthday (Jun 25, 2013)

Sir George Gilbert Scott

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Sir George Gilbert Scott’s 200th Birthday (Jul 13, 2011)

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s 138th Birthday (Jun 8, 2005)

Jan Kaplický

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Jan Kaplický’s 75th Birthday (Apr 18, 2012)

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