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.
Worshippers from across the Diocese of London have gathered in St Paul’s for a special Eucharist to celebrate
the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.
Congregations came together under the Dome to mark the second of two major services to celebrate the Patronal Feast with hymns, prayers,
specially devised dramatic readings and a procession of banners, on Saturday 25 January.
The story of Paul’s conversion – a divine revelation involving a terrifying explosion which left him temporarily blind – is celebrated every
year and famously involves the procession of a giant phoenix, designed and made by the pupils of the St Paul’s Cathedral School. Like the
mythical bird, Paul arose from the ashes in ‘new and glorious plumage’, making the phoenix an important and powerful image for the
This year’s event, which adopted as its theme ‘1 Corinthians 13 – Love and Service’, was tied in with St Paul’s Schools and Families
Department’s Patronal Festival Activity Day, which earlier brought school children together for an afternoon of art and craft activities,
storytelling and banner making.
Over 200 families with children of all ages took part in the art and craft activities, and the Cathedral's south transept was transformed into
a fun, activity area. Groups of children enjoyed hearing stories of ship wreck, letter writing and martyrdom told by Schools & Families
Department Assistant, Stephen Spencer. Also in the side aisles were actors portraying Sir Christopher Wren and Florence Nightingale, who has a
memorial here in the Cathedral crypt.
Children also created three colourful, giant banners that were later carried in the opening procession of the Eucharist, and pupils from St
Paul’s CE School, Whitechapel, also presented a piece of drama based on St Paul’s famous letter to the Corinthians about the meaning of love.
Janet Marshall, Head of Schools & Families at St Paul’s, said: "It was a fantastic day - a massive team effort thanks to the hard work of
our team and volunteers. This occasion is a great way to celebrate both our faith and the missionary zeal of the saint who gives us our name
and our amazing Cathedral. It was also a chance for parishes from the Diocese to take over and enjoy their Cathedral for the day."
The Bishop of Edmonton, Peter Wheatley, who attended the event, added: "It was a wonderful event involving children from schools dedicated to
St Paul and gathered together a wide spectrum of the Diocesan family, from the Deaf Church to those campaigning for Fairtrade.”