History

History
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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
3:30pm Stations of the Cross
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

£200,000 grant awarded to St Paul's to help maintain Wren's iconic dome

The great paintings inside the dome of St Paul's are set to be saved from water damage after a £200,000 grant was awarded to the Cathedral. The huge murals by Sir James Thornhill, which depict the life of St Paul, will be protected from moisture as part of a wider scheme...

Afghanistan: the legacy of war - a special report by St Paul's Cathedral School for BBC School Report 2015

Welcome to BBC School Report at St Paul’s Cathedral School.  We were witnesses to a national service of commemoration last week for those who served in the Afghanistan campaign, right next door in our ‘school chapel’, St Paul’s Cathedral! The service was attended by many...

The 'faithful' of the Afghanistan war commemorated in service of reflection and remembrance

The 'faithfulness' of those who served, as well as the loved ones who supported them throughout, was praised by the Archbishop of Canterbury as the nation reflected on the war in Afghanistan. At the service on 13 March 2015, attended by HM The Queen, The Most Reverend Justin...