History

History
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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
2:00pm Teach Us to Pray - Praying with Icons, Antonia Lynn
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

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Half a year into his new role as lead bishop for Environmental Affairs, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, will give a keynote speech at St Paul’s Cathedral exploring the behavioural and organisational changes needed to mitigate climate change. At a St Paul’s...

Diocese of London's Week of Prayer returns to St Paul's

As part of its Capital Vision 2020 project and following two successful years at the Cathedral, the Diocese of London is again calling on all people to visit St Paul's for a special Week of Prayer in May. For the whole week beginning Monday 18 May, the Cathedral's Chapel...

St Paul’s debate looks to national common good beyond the General Election

As we hurtle towards one of the most closely-contested and divisive General Elections in memory, a Cathedral floor debate will look to how the nation can come together beyond May 7.   One week before the election, St Paul's Institute, in partnership with Theos and Together...