St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Good art, like good religion, questions our answers more than answering our questions and with a form and language that resist cheap
Our visitors are able to encounter the universal spiritual questions of life and death that this extraordinary work lays before us. A
contemporary medium that so often controls mass culture is slowed and shaped to unravel that control, allowing us to face ourselves alone in
our fragility and potential. The rumour of God is very loud in the work, as enigmatic as it is profound, and I have no doubt the work will be a
spiritual encouragement to those who spend time with it.
Today martyrdom is often spoken of in terms of what people kill themselves for and others with them. It is more authentically a word that
focuses on what a human being might be willing to die for – faith, conscience, justice, love of others. This work deepens our perceptions
by slowing them down. We see the courage and resilience of the human in the face of all that would destroy what is true and good. We each have
been given the gift of being. The gift we have to offer in return is who we become and how our lives, and deaths, might transform the world.
The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley.