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.
The 'astonishing' London and the nation pay tribute to the victims of the 2005 bombings at St Paul's
07 July 2015
Ten years after one of the worst terrorist attack in British history, St Paul's has led mourning families, survivors and the nation in
remembering the 52 dead and countless injured of the 2005 London bombings.
At the service on Tuesday, 7 July, also attended by HRH The Duke of York, Prime Minister, Mayor of London and members of London's emergency
services, the Bishop of London called London an 'astonishing' city in his sermon.
The Right Reverend Richard Chratres said: "London is an astonishing world-in-a-city...[but]...this was a terrible crime which robbed us of beloved
sons and daughters, partners and friends."
The service is available to watch on BBC iplayer until Tuesday 4 August
The service included four reflections, read by members of the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service, Transport for London and the London
Fire Brigade, each focusing on one of the four bombing sites: Russell Square - King's Cross, Aldgate, Edgware Road and Tavistock Square. Candles
representing the four sites were placed in front of the altar.
Concluding the reflections, young Londoner Aaron Grant-Booker said: "When four bombs exploded on 7 July 2005, lives were destroyed and the flame of
hope faltered for what seemed like an eternal moment. For many people, nothing was the same again and yet everything was the same because the good
which is in all Londoners and the countless visitors whom they host at any given moment is not erased by hatred or threat but - rather - is
fostered to produce a harvest of hope for each generation."
A minute's silence was punctuated by rose petals falling from the Cathedral's Whispering Gallery, in an echo of what took place at a service back