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

Celebrating St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music

The choirs of St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral joined together to celebrate St Cecilia, patron saint of music, on 21st November at St Paul’s. Organised by Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports professional musicians, the Festival of St Cecilia featured...

Marking National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018

On Sunday 14 October, National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 was marked at St Paul’s with An Act of Hope and Remembrance to remember those whose lives have been taken away or abused by hate crimes and to renew their commitment to be vigilant and strong in defending the dignity...

Centenary of composer Hubert Parry's death marked at St Paul's

On Sunday 7 October the Cathedral marked the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Hubert Parry who is buried in the crypt.  At Evensong, hymns composed by Parry were sung, including Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and his famous Jerusalem, with words by William Blake...