History

History
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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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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

Bach Passion - free tickets available

Book tickets Bach's intense masterpiece narrating the events leading to the Crucifixion takes place at 6.30pm Wednesday 16 March. The Cathedral Choir and Chorus will sing the work in its original German, with Acting Director Of Music Simon Johnson conducting. More than...

Remembering a fighter against injustice and unfairness

Prison reformer John Howard, has been celebrated by St Paul's Precentor Canon Rev Michael Hampel at a special service at Westminster Cathedral. The prison reformer died on 20 January 1790. He was remembered by Canon Michael as part of an international Week of Prayer for Christian...

Royal Christmas trees and a realistic mouse

‘The Queen gives the Cathedral three Christmas trees every year – for a present.’ Seven-year-old Amelia’s mouth opens wide in amazement. ‘The Queen? WOW!’ Amelia is one of three brilliant volunteers who have agreed to stay behind as a packed Cathedral empties after the...