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.
1 Isn’t it cold? Let’s have a jolly time; 2 Isn’t the baby sweet! and a third kind - full of disturbing, difficult, incomprehensible theology. He
said he knew we’d be delighted that it was the third kind he’d come to talk about.
Dr Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, spoke of the outpouring of
God’s love at Christmas ‘boiling over from eternity into time’ because God’s very nature is to share life: ‘There is nothing of God that is not
sharing, not giving’.
Not that this begins at Christmas, but ‘we celebrate a birth which is the beginning of God being with us in a new way; this is not the beginning of
God being God, but the beginning of God being like this in our hearts and minds’.
If we take the story of Christmas seriously, ‘We ought to be looking with speechless amazement at every human face; God thought
this face, this person, was worth everything. God thinks there is no gift or risk too great to bring full life and joy to this person.
This 'is probably the hardest thing in the Christian faith to accept or understand’.
Answering questions chaired by Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s, Dr Williams offered suggestions about
how we might keep Christmas as Christians, and also revealed what is his favourite carol – and the ones he most dreads.