History

History
Today at the Cathedral View More
Temporary closure of Stone and Golden Galleries
7:30am Morning Prayer in St Martin's Ludgate
8:00am Eucharist in St Martin's Ludgate
2:30pm Doors open for sightseeing
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

May half term activities for children and families

For the May half term holiday, we invite everyone to take part in Cathedral life, with special activities designed especially for families visiting St Paul's.

St Paul's turn its collections to Christian Aid Week in its 60th year

To mark the 60th Christian Aid Week, St Paul’s will once again be giving its collection money to this vital cause.   At every Evensong service from 14 - 20 May, all money donated will go directly to Christian Aid, as well from the Cathedral's collection boxes.   DONATE...

Jubilee Cope to be focus for London History Day

The Jubilee Cope, an extraordinary masterpiece of English ecclesiastical embroidery, decorated with the spires of 73 London churches, is to be St Paul's focus for London History Day.