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.
Throughout July, August and September 2012, when London welcomed people from across the world for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, St
Paul's hosted a number of special events, including a service in celebration of the Paralympics.
Images from the Olympic Torch Relay, which came to the steps of St Paul's ahead of the opening ceremony of the Games.
Images of British medallists parading through the streets of London after the Games, passing St Paul's.
The special summer service at St Paul's on Sunday 26 August celebrated the Paralympic Games in the city where, 64 years ago, the first
sporting event of its type was held for injured servicemen.
Four full peals of the Cathedral bells took place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the first ever by an all-female
During the 1908 London Olympic Games, the founder of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin, listened to a sermon being
preached in St Paul's. The words he heard laid the foundations of the Olympic Creed: 'The most important thing...is not to win but to take
part'. St Paul's can also boast a number of other sporting connections.
Discover more about St Paul's history on your visit