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.
After months of restoration and a worldwide search for personal stories, an altar frontal created by more than
100 wounded WW1 soldiers from all across the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa, will go on display at St Paul’s for four years.
The beautiful yet simple frontal, crafted by 138 men severely injured by the horrors of warfare especially for the national service of
thanksgiving at the end of the War, forms the centrepiece of the Cathedral's commemoration of the centenary of World War One.
And to mark the centenary of the outbreak of War, the frontal will be used for the first time in 70 years at a special service at 6pm on
Sunday 3 August, at which relatives of the men, from across the world, will attend, including Ida Missing, daughter of Driver Percy Cooney, and Ronald Barnes, son of Private Herbert Barnes.
Also at the service are the grandchildren of Lance Corporal James Ernest
Muth of the Royal Regiment of Canada, who are flying to London from Ontario especially for the occasion. Muth's grandson, also a Lance
Corporal in the Canadian Army, will read a lesson at the service.
Sunday 3 August, 6pm Everyone is welcome to attend a special service of
Eucharist at which the altar frontal will be used before going on display. The Bishop of London presides, The Reverend
Canon Michael Hampel preaches. No tickets are needed.
Monday 4 August Special prayers are said at Evensong at 5pm to mark the
anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 and the Cathedral stays open until 8pm for quiet prayer and reflection and to allow
people to visit the altar frontal display in the North Transept. Compline is sung at 7.30pm. No tickets are required.
A special space is set aside in the north transept, forming a new chapel, where the altar frontal will be displayed. All Cathedral visitors are
able to see the frontal, as well as the names of all 138 men who worked to craft it.
Alongside the frontal is a beautifully illuminated book containing the handwritten names of every man who worked on it together with
the names of their regiments and of the hospitals at which they were patients.