History

History
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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.

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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

Farewell to the Bishop of London

People are invited to post social media messages of praise and thanks at a special 'Pop-Up Cathedral' on the streets of London.  St Paul's is holding a service to say Farewell to the Bishop of London at 6pm on Thursday 2 February.  A Pop-Up Cathedral will be set up for...

London schools celebrate with dance, music, song and stories

Tight rhythm and melodic phrasing by the Holy Trinity Tottenham Primary School Steel Pans set the scene for a service which brought together ambassadors from over 150 Schools across London (and a little beyond). Through dance, music, song and telling their stories, 1,300...

Disabled Access Day 2017

People of all ages with disabilities are welcome to visit St Paul's for free on Disabled Access Day. The Cathedral is among UK, landmarks, venues and attractions offering additional events and tours for children and adults on Saturday 11 March. This year  features a special...