History

History
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History

For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City.

Frequently at the centre of national events, traditions have been observed here and radical new ideas have found expression under the iconic dome. In many cases these events have left some physical record as well as echoes in the intangible memory of the building.

The present Cathedral, the masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, and services began in 1697.

This was the first Cathedral to be built after the English Reformation in the sixteenth-century, when Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the jurisdiction of the Pope and the Crown took control of the life of the church.

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604–1559
Foundation, Loss and Reconstruction  |  Medieval Splendour
1560–1711
Reformation to Conflagration  |  A New Cathedral for London
1712–1905
Memorialising the Greats  |  St Paul's in the Age of Industry
1906 - present
Defending the Cathedral  |  Royal Events & Social Reformers

NEWS FOR History

St Paul’s wishes the Queen a happy birthday – with our special gift to choirs everywhere

St Paul’s commissioned Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir to create a new anthem. It will be sung by St Paul’s Cathedral Choir at the National Service of Thanksgiving here on Friday 10 June. But the Cathedral is not keeping the anthem to itself for a world premiere. The...

Two thousand worshippers at St Paul's for National Day of Prayer

A full congregation will join Christians around the country on Saturday 14 May for one of the highlights of the 2016 Week of Prayer. Your Kingdom Come is a gathering to ignite and inspire worship and intercession for a generation to rise up with a fresh passion and confidence...

Special Sunday opening for St Paul's Dome

'550 steps up, and back down again, and a chance to see a part of St Paul’s Cathedral not usually seen by visitors' More than a thousand visitors have climbed the Dome on each of the first two Sunday openings in May. You can still visit - on 15, 22 and 29 May. Read a glowing...