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

Construction to begin on biggest change to St Paul’s Cathedral to create access for all

St Paul’s will soon begin construction of a permanent accessible entrance to the north side of the Cathedral, providing inclusive access for visitors, staff and volunteers. This project, the most significant external change to the Cathedral in its 300 year history, will consist...

Far reaching scheme breaks ground at St Paul’s Cathedral School

Today at St Paul’s Cathedral School, Alderman of the City of London William Bowater Russell broke ground on the construction of a new boarding house for the Choristers of St Paul’s. In conjunction with Kilburn Nightingale Architects, planning permission for additions to this...

St Paul's invites submissions for composition competition

St Paul’s Cathedral invites composers to submit a brand new choral work for unaccompanied SATB choir to mark either the Baptism of Christ or the Wedding at Cana in a Composition Competition, supported by the Boltini Trust.