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
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
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.
It was in the fourteenth century that Jubilees were initially celebrated within the Catholic
Church. In the Christian context, Jubilees are particular years in which forgiveness
of sins is focused upon. Royal Jubilees on the other hand are more joyous occasions, which celebrate and mark major periods in a monarch's
The first Diamond Jubilee, for Queen Victoria, took place over a century ago and celebrations were held over three days in June 1897.
Queen Victoria bypassed what would have been her Silver Jubilee in 1862 having retreated from public view after the untimely death of Prince
Albert the year before. However, a quarter of a century later in 1887, she celebrated her Golden Jubilee, and a decade after, marked her Diamond
Jubilee. Victoria became the first British Monarch to reign for sixty years, surpassing King George III’s previous record of 59 years.
Since Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, we have celebrated Kind George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935 and our current Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver (1977),
Golden (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilees. Queen Elizabeth is now both the oldest and longest-serving ever Monarch.
Here, we give you a brief look back at past Jubilees and St Paul's association with them.
Discover more about St Paul's history on your visit