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.
Last night (23 May), a debate with Harvard professor Michael Sandel was held on the cathedral floor,
entitled What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.
The response to the event was outstanding, with over 1,800 people filling the Cathedral to capacity to take part in an evening of discussion
and debate on the question of ‘what money can’t buy’. The audiencewas visibly attentive throughout the
discussion between Michael Sandel, Bishop Peter Selby, Julian Le Grand and Stephanie Flanders; with questions and comments coming in from the
floor and plenty of debate between the speakers on the panel.
This debate comes at an important moment, as attention to markets and their role in shaping our lives and social relationships continues to
intensify – from the leaders of the Eurozone countries dealing with macroeconomic concerns to individuals confronting the fallout from
continuing economic instability, as demonstrated by the recent Occupy protests.
Michael Sandel ended the evening’s discussion by saying that we need a "morally more robust public
discourse” and that "to renew public life we need to exercise [our] civic virtues more
The debate does not stop there; St Paul’s Institute is also now running an ongoing initiative to make sure that the debate - the public
discourse - continues. You can join the debate and find out more here.
For more insight into the content of the evening, you can download our PDFof the
Twitter stream #moralmarkets that was being used throughout the evening.