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The tower of 'Bowe Churche' and the 'Guild Hall' are shown in the heart of the 17th century city.<br />
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A remarkable 393 year old panorama of London which reveals how the city looked before the great fire destroyed large parts of it has sold at auction for £106,000.<br />
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The 7ft panorama, taken from the South Bank, has the old St Paul's Cathedral and London Bridge, which were rebuilt following the blaze, as central features.<br />
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Remarkably, its creator, the Dutch engraver and cartographer Claes Jansz Visscher, never visited London, so the panorama required some imagination - the Tower of London boasts onion-styled domes.<br />
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It is one of only two known copies to exist, with the other one residing in the Folger Library in Washington DC, United States.