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
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
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.
Justin Welby is made Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's
04 February 2013
Justin Welby has officially become Archbishop of Canterbury in a service held at St Paul's Cathedral.
The former Bishop of Durham completed all the necessary legalities to be confirmed into the post, in a service led by the Archbishop of York
and overseen by the Provincial Registrar and a number of other legal officials.
Attending the service were many people who had worked with Justin Welby during his career, notably from the dioceses of Coventry,
Liverpool and Durham.
As well as being a legal formality, the service contained readings, prayers, hymns and an anthem, as well as an address by the Archbishop of
York, John Sentamu.
He told the new Archbishop that "life is found in simple things" and that "We can find happiness in solitude, but can only find joy in the
company of others - we need the divine other to open our hearts."
Earlier in the day, he had said: "Archbishop Justin Welby brings many gifts to bring to the office of Archbishop of Canterbury. He has my
prayers and my support as he assumes this challenging role in the service of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion worldwide.
Today his Election has been Confirmed as Archbishop of Canterbury – it is official. May God bless you Justin."
At the end of the service, the new Archbishop and his wife, Caroline, left through the Great West Doors to face a bank of press
The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be enthroned in a service at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21.