History

History
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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

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.

NEWS FOR History

Cathedral Council Election 2017 Results

Following the election process which took place from Monday 10th July to Thursday 10th August, we are pleased to announce that Mr Christopher Allen and Mr Simon Holden have been elected as Community Representatives to the Cathedral Council for the period 2017-21. The Cathedral...

Raw and powerful depiction of The Crucifixion by Indian artist FN Souza comes to St Paul’s for UK India Year of Culture

A vivid and overtly expressionistic depiction of The Crucifixion by renowned Indian artist FN Souza will be displayed in St Paul’s this summer as part of the UK India Year of Culture.

Summer Holidays 2017

For the summer holidays, we invite everyone to take part in Cathedral life, with special activities designed especially for families visiting St Paul's.