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 almighty God whose arm is strength, having of his great mercy been pleased to crown the exertion of
His Majesty’s Fleet with success in giving them a complete victory over their enemies on the 21st of this month; and that all praise and
thanksgiving may be offered up to the throne of Grace for the great benefits of our country and mankind, I have thought proper that a day
shall be appointed of general humiliation before God, and thanksgiving for his divine mercy and his constant aid to us in the defence of
our country’s liberties and laws, without which the utmost efforts of man are nought, and direct therefore that a day shall be appointed
for this holy purpose.
Also read aloud were the very words uttered as Nelson's coffin was lowered to its final resting place in the crypt of St Paul's on 9 January
Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto his divine mercy the most noble
Lord, Horatio Nelson, Viscount and Baron Nelson of the Nile and of Burnham Thorpe in the county of Norfolk, Baron Nelson of the Nile and
Hilborough, in the same county, Knight of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Vice Admiral of the White Squadron of the Fleet and Commander
in Chief of his Majesty’s ships and vessels in the Mediterranean. Also, Duke of Bronte in Sicily, Knight Grand Cross of the Sicilian Order of
St Ferdinand and of Merit, Member of the Ottoman Order of the Crescent, Knight Grand Commander of the Order of St Joachim. And the hero who in
the moment of victory fell covered with immortal glory. Let us humbly trust that he is now raised to bliss ineffable and to a glorious
Wreaths were laid at the tomb of Lord Nelson and also at that of Lord Collingwood, Nelson's second-in-command, who was interred next to
Nelson upon his death in 1810.