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.
Iron is a girl’s best friend at St Paul’s this Valentine’s Day
14 February 2012
Diamonds may be forever and a girl’s best friend, but one Londoner has spurned the precious stone
in favour of iron this Valentine’s Day.
Martin Barratt, a managing partner at a London advertising agency, contacted the Cathedral hoping to find out a little more about the work of
Jean Tijou, whose famously intricate work can be seen throughout St Paul’s.
Martin’s girlfriend, Janine Tijou, is a direct descendent of the French Huguenot ironworker, and he wanted to bring her to the Cathedral so she
could see his work as a Valentine’s gift.
But more than just providing information, the Cathedral staff jumped into action to lay on a private guided tour of all the Tijou ironwork
within St Paul's, including the magnificent Tijou Gates at the High Altar and the railings which run up the famous Geometric Staircase. They
were also invited into the historic Library to view a number of books recording Tijou's work within St Paul's.
And as a surprise to the couple, the Cathedral’s shop offered a decorative picture frame from its Tijou range.
Martin said: "As well as being absolutely gorgeous, Janine is a talented soul and religious
architecture is in her blood. Part of her work includes working with London’s View Management Framework, keeping buildings such as St Paul’s
protected from new developments so it can be seen from all across London.
"I wanted to surprise Janine on Valentine's Day by bringing her to St Paul's to see the Tijou pieces and celebrate over 300 years of her
family's connection with St Paul's Cathedral. To get our own private tour was fantastic as I had only contacted the cathedral for a little more
information about Tijou. We are also thrilled with our gift and would like to thank everyone at the cathedral for looking after us so well.”
St Paul's is no stranger to romance. Just this morning there have been two marriage proposals within the Cathedral.