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.
Crucifixion depicted in rare addition to St Paul's stained glass
15 January 2014
A young art student has added to St Paul's very small collection of stained glass with a panel symbolising the
Sylvia Wydra, a student at St Mark’s CofE Academy in Mitcham, decided to use stained glass for her BTEC Art & Design course, as she
wished to focus on a Christian theme to reflect her personal faith.
The 18-year-old decided on a work relating to the crucifixion of Jesus after studying signs and symbols in Christianity. She wanted
to concentrate on the theme of love and in particular the love demonstrated by Jesus when he died on the cross for the people of the
Entitled Easter Symbols, the piece shows the hill of Calvary as mentioned in the Gospel account of the
crucifixion in the Bible. On the hill, in the centre, stands a transparent cross onto which Jesus was nailed. On either side are two brown
crosses on which two thieves were crucified. Within the hill is a heart, representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a symbol often depicted on
statues and paintings of Jesus in the Catholic tradition. It reminds Christians of his unending love for them.
Working with such a religious theme in mind, Sylvia wanted to find a permanent home for her stained glass, for which she was awarded a
distinction grade. With this in mind, she made contact with the Cathedral's Schools & Families department. The glass now hangs on the wall
of the department's classroom.
Head of Schools & Families, Janet Marshall said: "Sylvia wanted the stained glass to be somewhere where others would get to see it, enjoy
it and explore its symbolism. It's absolutely fantastic that she thought of us and that it's now hanging in our department where
hundreds of young people will be able to see it.
"It will act as an ideal resource for us as we work with many school exploring symbolism in Christian art using our many art works in the
Cathedral. It also shows students what can be achieved by learning new skills and applying their talents."
Known for its very plain glass, St Paul's only has a small amount of stained glass, at the very east end of the Cathedral. This glass was made
in the 1950s and forms part of the American Memorial Chapel.