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.
Quoting President Roosevelt, who 70 years ago today hosted Sir Winston Churchill for Thanksgiving dinner, Mr Barzun said: "The president carved
the turkey himself and gave the following toast: 'Larger families are usually more closely united than small ones and so this year, with the
people of the United Kingdom in our family, we are a large family and more united than before. I propose a toast to unity and may it long
continue.' That unity does continue.I see it every day. You see it every day. And we all see it writ large today - here - with such an iconic
British Cathedral hosting such a distinctly American holiday."
Mr Barzun, who only took office in August, was joined at the ceremony by his wife and three children. Also with him was his mother, celebrating
her 70th birthday.
The service included readings, prayers and music, sung by the Combined Choirs of the American Congregations in London.
Congregational hymns included America, the Beautiful.
The sermon was given by the Reverend Barry Gaeddert, who spoke movingly about the recent loss of his wife, but how his faith meant he still had
great thanks to give.
A Colour Guard was be provided by the US Marine Corps.
St Paul's Cathedral has a long-standing connection with the American people. At the east end of the Cathedral behind the High Altar is the
American Memorial Chapel.
This part of the building was destroyed during the Blitz of World War II and as part of the post-war restoration it was decided that the
people of Britain should commemorate the 28,000 Americans who were killed on their way to, or stationed in, the UK during the Second World
War. Their names are recorded in the 500-page roll of honour encased behind the high altar. This was presented by General Eisenhower in
1951 and a page of the book is turned every day.
The American Chapel was designed by Stephen Dykes Bower and constructed by Godfrey Allen, Surveyor to the Fabric 1931-1956. The images that
adorn its wood, metalwork and stained glass include depictions of the flora and fauna of North America and references to historical
events.The three chapel windows date from 1960. They feature themes of service and sacrifice, while the insignia around the edges represent
the American states and the US armed forces. The limewood panelling incorporates a rocket - a tribute to America's achievements in