St Pauls Cathedral, London, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill, the highest point of the City of London.
The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights in London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, dominated the skyline for 300 years.
At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962. Its dome is among the highest in the world.The cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, as an important part of a huge rebuilding plan, after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The foudation stone was laid in 1675 when Wren was 43 years old, and the last stone was put in lace by his son 35 years later. The original Norman cathedral was destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666, was even larger than Wren’s new building and must have dwarfed the medieval city.
Queen Victoria lamented that St Pauls was “most dreary, dingy and un-devotional” adding her voice to the general criticism of the Cathedral for being, dark, dirty and cold .The Cathedral Chapter took steps to make the building
more inviting and began work on the so called “completion of the decoration. St Pauls is one of the places where national events of great importance take place. The funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston
Churchill took place in the Cathedral.The wedding of HRH the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer gripped the nation and much of the world in 1981, and Queen Elizabeth II officially marked both her Golden and Diamond Jubilees with Thanksgiving services in St Pauls Cathedral.
The Whispering Gallery which runs around the interior of the Dome and is 259 steps up from ground-level fascinates both children and adults because a whisper made against its walls can be heard on the opposite side.
Magnificent St Pauls Cathedral, arguably possesses a more dramatic and wide-ranging narrative than any other structure in London. The captivating narrative of St Paul’s cannot help but enrapture you. Why not delve further into its past and explore this astounding monument for yourself….more