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.
V&A campaigns to save bronze angels, intended for Wolsey tomb, later given to Lord Nelson
11 July 2014
The Victoria and Albert Museum has launched a campaign to save
four bronze angels, originally intended to accompany the sarcophagus of Cardinal Wolsey, which now sits in St Paul's as the tomb to Lord
The angels, previously thought to be lost, stand a metre tall and were designed by Florentine sculptor Benedetto da Rovezzano. They are now
being offered for sale to the V&A for the price of £5m and the museum has started a campaign to save the Angels for the nation.
The angels were commissioned as part of a grand tomb, but Wolsey famously fell from grace in the Court of King Henry VIII, failing to secure the
King a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and was stripped of all his possessions.
A year later he died whilst on his way to face treason charges; his elaborate tomb stored away and never completed.
While the Angels were thought to be lost, recently resurfacing at a Northamptonshire golf club, an ornate black marble sarcophagus, part of
the planned tomb and also by Benedetto da Rovezzano, has now spent more than 200 years as the focal point of the crypt of St Paul's - the tomb
of Horatio Lord Nelson, victor of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Much loved and a hero to the nation, upon his death King George III gifted the sarcophagus to top Nelson's tomb; put in place directly underneath
the centre of the dome after a grand State Funeral. The only change to the original design is that it is now topped with a viscount's