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.
Eight mosaics were made for the v-shaped spandrels between the arches of the cathedral crossing. They depict the four Evangelists:
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the four Major Prophets: Isaiah, Ezechiel, Daniel and Joshua. These were the first monumental mosaics to be added
to the cathedral. A long and very public debate around the decoration of St Paul’s Cathedral preceded and accompanied their installation, which
explains the long interval between the installation of the first in 1864 and the last in the 1890s. It was not until 1892 that the Cathedral’s
surveyor, F. C. Penrose, could report that “The eighth and last mosaic picture for the pendentives of the Dome is on the Eve of completion.”
(Annual Report 1892) The final spandrel mosiacs were put into place in 1893.
Several artists were involved in creating the cartoons for the mosaics, all of which take close inspiration from Roman art, in particular from work
created for St Peter’s Basilica. Alfred Stevens took the lead on the prophets, while George Frederick Watts produced drawings for the evangelists
which can be found on the east side of the crossing. Some of Watts designs were completed by W.E.F. Britten.
Several cartoons (designs for the mosaics) are presereved in the Cathedral collections alongside the mosaics, among them, wooden models
for two of the spandrels, giving an insight into the practice of designing these monumental works. The final cartoons were drawn up to
actual size, sent to Venice and used to create the mosaics at the workshop of Salviati & Co. The complete work was shipped and could be
installed fairly easily in the Cathedral. Some of these spandrels underwent extensive conservation work during the internal cleaning of the