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.
Social media photo competition seeks to show a 'Surprise St Paul's'
18 August 2014
A never-before experienced prize awaits the winner of a photography competition aimed at raising awareness of
St Paul’s Cathedral’s crucial fundraising department.
A private, behind-the-scenes evening photography tour of St Paul’s, led by Oliver Caroe, the Cathedral’s Surveyor to the Fabric - the position
held by Sir Christopher Wren himself - awaits the person who can submit the most surprising image of Wren’s great masterpiece.
Standing tall above the great city London, St Paul’s is amongst the most photographed buildings in the world and earlier this year was shown to be the single most
photographed building in London. But the Cathedral thinks there are photographs to be taken which show the outside of the building in
different ways, perhaps even from an angle never seen before - and this is what competition organisers are inviting.
Surprise St Paul’s, is being run from 18 August to 26 September on the Cathedral’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Entrants just need to tweet or Facebook post their images to the Cathedral’s account, also using the hash tag
Please only enter images directly and not through 3rd party applications such as Flickr or
All entries will be compiled on the Cathedral’s
Flickr account and the ultimate winner will be selected by the Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Chair of the Cathedral’s
Fabric Advisory Committee, Sandy Nairne.
The winner will enjoy a private evening inside St Paul’s, for them and up to five friends, at which they will be able to take photographs on
the Cathedral tour, both in the grand spaces seen by hundreds-of-thousands of people each year and in smaller, very rarely seen areas.
Watch a taste of some of the areas winners may see in this Londonist behind-the-scenes video.
The competition comes after St Paul’s launched its text giving services, offering users the chance to help support the ministry, work and
maintenance of St Paul’s either through a one-off £3 donation or a recurring monthly £5 donation.
All entrants to Surprise St Paul’s will receive information about these text giving services, although no competition entrant is in any way
obliged to donate.
Matthew Lagden, Director of Development at St Paul’s, said: "St Paul’s receives no government money for its upkeep or to help fund the vast
array of services, events and debates that take place here throughout the year.
"We hope to engage, excite and surprise everyone who comes here for whatever reason, so through this photo competition we are asking everyone
to surprise us back.
"Whether the photo shows the whole Cathedral from miles away or just a tiny detail from up-close, we are looking forward to seeing all entries.
And the theme is such that you have as good a chance of winning if you have top camera equipment or just a smartphone.”