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St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral in London

The imposing Cathedral of St. Paul is one of the largest religious buildings in the world. You will be surprised by its architecture and its huge dome.

The history of St Paul’s Cathedral dates back to 604, when a first temple dedicated to the Apostle Paul was built on one of the hills of London. This modest wooden building was replaced by a stone at the end of the seventh century.

In the years 962 and 1087 the church was burnt down, but both times was rebuilt and extended, becoming at that time one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries the temple was expanded even further.

The medieval cathedral was completely destroyed in the fatal fire of 1666, which devastated a large part of London. Once past the disaster and as the reconstruction plan of the city, it was decided to rebuild the cathedral with the design of Christopher Wren.

The cathedral was built between the years 1676 and 1710 and currently retains the same structure and decoration without losing its Baroque design. St. Paul’s Cathedral was one of the few buildings that survived the bombings of World War II.

The cathedral was the scene of important historical events such as the funeral of General Nelson in 1806, Winston Churchill or the marital bond of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

The most noteworthy feature of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s is its impressive dome, the second largest after the one with the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Not only impresses by imposing its dimensions but also the magnificent frescoes seen from the inside, where they represent scenes from the life of the apostle that names the temple.

Additional information

Location
Saint Paul’s Church Yard, London EC4M 8AD
Visiting Hours
Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Price
Adults £ 14.50
Students and adults over 60 £ 13.50
Children £ 5.50.
Free Entry with London Pass
Transport
Metro: stop at Central Station Line
Bus: numbers 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26 and 242
Contact
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7246 8357
Website: http://www.stpauls.co.uk

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