St Paul’s Cathedral is located within the City of London on Ludgate Hill, the City’s highest point.
St Paul's Cathedral, London
St Paul's Cathedral seen today – the fourth, was built between 1675 and 1711 by Sir Christopher Wren. The foundation stone was laid in 1675 when Wren was 43 years old, and the last stone was put in lace by his son 35 years later.
A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD. The first cathedral was made from wood and was built for Mellitus, Bishop of the East Saxons. It was destroyed by a fire in 675 AD and was rebuilt ten years later. It was destroyed again by Vikings in 962 AD and rebuilt in stone by the Normans. This third building was destoyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666 and was larger than Wren's present building. It must have dwarfed the medieval city.
Wren also designed over 50 other London churches.
The photo on the left shows the main entrance to St Pauls.
St. Paul's is packed with memorials to notable Britons including Christopher Wren, Duke of Wellington and Admiral Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1804.
Christopher Wren died in 1723 at the age of 91. The Latin epitaph on his tomb is translated as "Reader, if you seek his memorial look around you".
The cathedral’s largest monument is that to the Duke of Wellington, depicting the Duke riding a horse.
The cathedral’s crypt is the largest in Western Europe and extends the entire length of the building. There are over 200 monuments and memorials in the crypt.
Burials are no longer held in St. Paul's.
For the fit or ambitious, you can climb 530 steps to the Golden Gallery, an observation platform atop the dome of the cathedral.
From the observation balcony you can look out over the modern skyline of the city of London.
You can see the distinctive dome of St Paul's from miles away.
The dome of St Paul's Cathedral is the second biggest dome in the world, after St Peter's in Rome.
At the dome's base is the Whispering Gallery, a circular walkway halfway up the inside of the dome. Due to the acoustics of the curved surface, a phrase whispered against one wall can be heard against the far wall 112 feet away.
Staute of Queen Victoria stands in front of St Paul's
- Funeral of Admiral Nelson in 1806
- Funeral of Winston Churchill in 1965.
- Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
Open Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 16:00 Special events may close the Cathedral so check before visiting
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