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 mystery can imply something that needs to be solved - a murder mystery, a secret to be uncovered. But the things that affect us most are
often mysterious - falling in love, believing in God, the beauty and the suffering of the world.
And poetry is what many of us turn to in times both of celebration and mourning: poets find the words when we don’t know what to say. In this
event, two very different contemporary poets will reflect personally on poetry and mystery, and share some of the poems which have helped them,
and might help us, to explore the great themes of love, faith, suffering and joy - the things at the heart of our lives.
Wendy Cope is the author of best selling collections of poetry for adults and children, including Making
Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Two Cures for Love, and anthologies including Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems.
Rowan Williams is a poet, translator and theologian who was until 2012 the Archbishop of Canterbury. The
Collected Poems of Rowan Williams was published this year.
The event will be chaired by Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and author of The Collage
of God and The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry.