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.
The Morning Prayer Chapel, renamed St Dunstan’s Chapel in 1905, is on the north side of the west end of the cathedral. Monumental mosaics can
be found at each end of the Chapel. The iconography, materials, and even the circumstances of the commission of these two works are very
In the Western Apse of the chapel is a glass mosaic depicting the Holy Women at the Sepulchre. Made by Salviati & Co. in Venice, it was installed
between 1870 and 1871, shortly after the first mosaics produced by the Italian manufacturer for St Paul's, were placed in the cathedral's dome
spandrels. This mosaic was commissioned to commemorate Archdeacon William Hale (1795-1870) an English churchman and author, buried in the cathedral
In his 1886 report to the Dean and Chapter the cathedral surveyor F. C. Penrose reported that a “mosaic picture has been placed in the
Eastern Apse of the North Chapel executed by Mess.rs Powell” (Penrose, Report, 1886). It is the earliest glass mosaic in the
Cathedral to be made using materials produced in London. Nonetheless, it depicts a detail from an Italian frescoe, Raphael’s
Disputation, painted in the Vatican 1509-1510. The installation of the mosaic was part of a major redecoration of the chapel
which saw the introduction of coloured “marbles of the richest and most varied hues” (Annual Report). Two further mosaics, either side of
the main picture were part of this refurbishment.