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.
War-damaged statue makes return to St Paul's after 70 years
24 November 2014
A statue showing Mary with the infant Jesus is back on display in St Paul's, more than 70 years after it was hit by bombing in the Second
The Victorian marble statue was part of an ornate high altar and reredos which was installed at the east end of the Cathedral in 1888.
But after that part of the Cathedral took a direct hit during the Blitz of 1940, what remained of the altar was dismantled and dispersed, with just
the Madonna and Child and a Crucifix retained by St Paul's.
With the support of its Fabric Advisory Committee, the Cathedral has now taken the fine statue, designed by Thomas Garner, out of storage and is on
display in the Chapel of St Erkenwald and St Ethelburga, also known as the Middlesex Chapel, in the north Transept.
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul's, said: "Mary looks out into the middle of the Chapel and beyond and her gaze draws people
forwards into the Chapel. Jesus looks further across to the south, in the direction of the great William Holman Hunt painting of The Light of the
World - so that we see Christ the Child looking towards his destiny as Christ the Man, bringing light into the world both through his teaching and
through his example.
"This is the Chapel where we celebrate the Eucharist during what we call the incarnation season of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany and the statue
will assist our devotions at that time as well as being a focus for prayer throughout the year."