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

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Martin Luther King at St Paul's

Martin Luther King left the United States in December 1964 to collect the Nobel Peace prize in Norway. He broke his journey in London - and came to St Paul's Cathedral at the invitation of Canon John Collins.  He addressed a congregation of 4,000 people from the Cathedral...

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Advent and Christmas at St Paul's Cathedral 2016

From surprise special celebrity readers to your favourite carols, and the wonder and worship of God's mystery - there's something for everyone at St Paul's during Advent and Christmas. Bring the children for a family-friendly carol service on a Saturday morning, join us for...