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.
William Blake (1757-1827) was a painter, printmaker and poet. He was also a mystic and radical activist. His ideas were so ahead of his
time that he was largely unappreciated during his lifetime. It was only after his death that his writings, drawings and paintings drew the
recognition that they deserve. A memorial to William Blake was made by H. Poole in 1927 for the centenary of his death and can be found in
the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Today one of Blake’s most famous pieces is Jerusalem – sung here by the Choristers of St Paul’s
Cathedral – which comes from the preface of Blake’s epic, illustrated poem Milton: A Poem in two books. It was set to music by Hubert Parry in 1916. In it Blake sets out his vision of
a world restored and renewed. The first verse hints at the ancient legend that a young Jesus visited England with Joseph of Arimathea (though it is
worth noting that you can answer ‘no’ to each of the questions asked in the first verse of Jerusalem). The second verse calls on people everywhere
to strive to build a new Jerusalem in ‘England’s green and pleasant Land’. This poem gives a helpful insight into Blake’s view of the world.
His writing was influential on the Romantic Movement, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that gloried in nature and the
beauty of the past but he was also radical politically and, through his art and poetry, sought to transform the world in which he lived for the
St Paul’s Cathedral is delighted to have been able to collaborate with Tate Britain in commemorating this remarkable
and influential poet and artist, accompanying the largest exhibition of Blake for a generation at Tate Britain (until the 2nd February 2020), with
a projection of Blake’s final masterpiece (The Ancient of Days 1827) onto the cathedral’s dome from the 28th November to 1st December 2019. We will
also be hosting a lecture given by Martin Myrone, lead curator of British art until 1800 at the Tate Gallery chaired by Paula Gooder, Chancellor of
the Cathedral, and. The title of the lecture will be Religion and the Art of William Blake and will take place on the 9th January 2020,
between 1pm and 2pm in the Wren Suite. Click
here for free tickets.