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.
Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee, to mark her 50 years on the throne, was celebrated in early June
2002, despite the sad deaths of both her sister Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother earlier in the year.
On 4 June, the Queen attended the service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s, arriving in the Gold State
Coach, pulled by eight horses. The day before the service, the Queen had lit the customary and long established Jubilee Beacon, this time at the
Victoria memorial outside Buckingham palace. The beacon in turn lit 2,002 beacons stretching right across the Commonwealth countries and as far as
Antarctica. Over the Jubilee year the Queen again went abroad and visited some of the Commonwealth countries, as well as paying a visit to 70 towns
and cities across Britain.
Whilst the more traditional events to mark the Queens accession were still held, the Jubilee program of 2002 was also adjusted
to reflect modern Britain. Over the year the Queen paid a visit to all the main faith communities in Britain and held a multi faith reception at
Buckingham Palace, attended by hundreds of different faith representatives. The Queen also held six Jubilee garden parties over the course of the
summer in London and Edinburgh, with an invite list made up of those born on the Queen’s accession day in 1952. Buckingham Palace also held ‘Party
at the Palace’; their very first rock concert within the grounds.
Discover more about St Paul's history on your visit