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.
A collection of oil paintings in the Collections of St Paul's Cathedral are now available for everyone to view
online as part of a collaborative art project.
Just fewer than one hundred works of art owned by the Cathedral Corporation have joined thousands of others from across Britain on the BBCYour Paintingswebsite. This project involving the Public Catalogues Foundation, the BBC and art owning organisations aims to make the nation’s
oil paintings accessible to as many people as possible through an online database.
St Paul’s has an extraordinary and eclectic range of oil paintings many of which have never been on public display before. Highlights
The internationally significant, pre-Raphaelite masterpiece The Light of the World by William
Holman Hunt; which was given to the cathedral by Charles Booth in 1908 and which inspires millions around the globe.
A notable group of portraits of former Deans and Canons that enable us to put faces to the
personalities behind the continuity of the Cathedral’s mission and the many accomplishments and events in the history of St Paul’s.
Two major works by GF Watts, one of the giants of nineteenth century British art, which explore
such fundamental concepts as Time, Death and Judgement through richly-daubed, allegorical figures.
Sir James Thornhill’s scenes from the life of St Paul, in which the prolific English artist
brings to life the dramatic, horse-back conversion of Saul and key moments from his subsequent apostolic adventures.
Canvases by artists such as, Hugh Stannus and W E F Britten
who, although less well known, made a significant contribution to the 'completion of the decoration' of St Paul’s in the
Over the summer of 2013 the Cathedral Collections Department facilitated professional photography for the website and supplied the Public
Catalogues Foundation with details of the artists and dates of the paintings.
The project saw the digitisation of as many of St Paul’s oil paintings as was possible - even those in need of conservation work to return them
to their former glory. The set will be completed with the return of the Cathedral’s Frederic Leighton and Edward Poynter cartoons to the
Cathedral in 2014.