History

History
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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
10:15am 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.

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St Paul's says a final goodbye to its dear friend, Maurice Sills, 101

With great sadness, St Paul's has said goodbye to its dear friend Maurice Sills, aged 101.   Maurice passed away on the afternoon of 25 June 2017 at the care home where he was resident in north London, having returned there after a stay in hospital in May.   Maurice, a volunteer...

'Secret' staircase to Whispering Gallery opens as two external galleries undergo maintenance

The two galleries which offer views over London from St Paul’s Cathedral will close for the second of three periods in 2017 to allow vital maintenance work to take place. But in the time the galleries are closed visitors will be able to reach the famous Whispering Gallery...

St Paul's joins nation in minute's silence for Manchester

St Paul's Cathedral fell quiet as it joined the nation in silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.  Staff and volunteers were joined by City workers and tourists from around the world to pause as the clock bell struck 11am on Thursday 25 May. Members of the Cathedral...