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.
Cutting edge technology reveals historical secrets of St Paul's in new TV series
04 March 2014
The exact location at which a World War Two bomb exploded in St Paul's Cathedral has been revealed thanks to a
ground-breaking new television documentary.
Time Scanners - St Paul's Cathedral
Tuesday 4 March, 9pm, National Geographic Channel
Time Scanners, made by Atlantic
Productions for the National Geographic channel, uses state-of-the-art laser scanning equipment to reveal a number of secrets about Wren's
great masterpiece, from how the master architect battled sinking foundations to how the vast dome's weight is supported.
But the most startling revelation forces us to look again at the modern history of St Paul's. During one of the many nights of German bombing
during the Blitz on the capital, a huge explosive device pierced the roof of one of the Cathedral's transepts and crashed through the floor
into the crypt.
For 70 years it was thought that the bomb had exploded once in the basement level, but thanks to the scanning technology creating
tens-of-thousands of pieces of data, and shrapnel marks which still scar the Cathedral walls, the exact position of the detonation has been
revealed as in the main body of the Cathedral.
The programme, to be broadcast for the first time in the UK today, 4 March, is the result of huge amounts of research and dozens of hours of
scanning and filming within St Paul's. This episode is one of six which looks into the secrets of some of the world's most iconic buildings,
including the old city of Jerusalem, Petra, Machu Picchu, Colosseum and Egyptian pyramids.
Watch a trailer for the programme
First broadcast - 9pm, Tuesday 4 March 2014
Initial repeats - 12am and 2pm, Wednesday 5 March 2014
Sky - channel 526
Virgin Media - channel 230
TalkTalk - channel 112
BT TV - channel 888
YouView from BT - channel 423