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.
Martine Wright on the value of relationships and 'The Things That Matter'
17 November 2014
Relationships, self-belief and support for one another are the things that matter most to Martine Wright,
who celebrates the "fantastic people that [want] to help...risking their own lives for others, to help others."
The third in a series of interviews with high-profile figures, Martine Wright - a Paralympian with the British women’s sitting volleyball team, who
lost both her legs in the 7/7 London bombings - spoke to the Cathedral's Chancellor, Canon Mark Oakley.
In this interview on The Things That Matter, Martine talks about her experience of the bombing and how support from others enabled her to continue
against such strong adversity. She asks us to always strive to achieve an ambitious vision of ourselves, and value the relationships we forge with
one another as the key to human flourishing that enable us to learn "what is right in the world."
She remarks how her initial feelings following the attacks were that "my life is over...how am I going to carry on?”, but faced a turning point
when she learned how many people had been killed and from that point "vowed that I would grab every opportunity...and have done lots of
extraordinary things that I would never had done were it not for losing my legs."
When asked what really matters, she highlighted that "when something happens in your life that makes you reassess something, there is no question
at all that what I treasured more - and what got me through the trauma - were the relationships I had with my family, my friends, health care
professionals...my ‘Team Me’ is made up of all the people who have taken care of me and enabled me to get through the last nine years...given me
the strength to carry on when I thought I couldn't."
Closing the interview, Canon Oakley says to Martine: "An ambassador for sport you are, but I think that you are really an ambassador for the human
spirit - and for that, we want to thank you”.
The Things That Matter
It has been said that there is a ‘wisdom deficit’ in our society and a real search by people to find words that are trustworthy, authentic and
In this series of short interviews, The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley asks respected people what they believe are the things that really matter in
this life, the insights they have gained that they want to hand on to others - especially the young.
Canon Oakley says: "The poet TS Eliot famously asked ‘where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge, and where is the knowledge we have lost in
information?’ In a culture shaped by adverts, PR-speak and the desire for quick clarity on everything, there is in many of us a real thirst for a
deep and authentic wisdom that comes from distilled human experience. ‘Where can we place our trust?’ is an urgent question of our times. I hope
this series might offer some insights from respected people and help lead us towards an answer.”