"St Paul's" St. Paul's Cathedral Tip by leffe3

St. Paul's Cathedral, London: 289 reviews and 570 photos

One of London's masterpieces - Sir Christopher's Wren's St Paul's was built between 1675 and 1710. It is the fourth cathedral on the site since 604 AD - Wren's Baroque splendour built as a result of its predecessor being destroyed in The Great Fire of London (1666). Interestingly, the final building was Wren's third attempt at deisgning what was preceived to be London's premier place of Worship.

Surprisingly, it is sparingly used for significant events - Westminster Cathedral gains that honour, with every Coronation and most burials of senior royalty. But funerals of Nelson (1806), Wellington (1852), Churchill (1965), weddings of Prince Charles & Lady Di (1981) as well as services to celebrate significant moments have taken place at St Paul's.

Not everything is as Wren designed it - although the changes are mostly on the interior. Thus whislt the stunning facade, dome, Whispering Gallery and extraordinary nave with stonework, mosaics and carving that take your breath away are original, the mosaic floor was added in the late 19th century and the behest of Queen Victoria, the American Memorial Chapel rebuilt after WWII and named by a grateful nation to the American allies.

Photography is no longer allowed inside the cathedral ? these photos were taken several years ago when it was allowed (and hence the poor quality).

Opening times: Monday-Saturday, 8.30am-4pm
Admission prices: 12.50/ 11.50 (seniors)/ 9.50 (students)/ 4.50 (kids)/ 29.50 (family)

Address: St Pauls Churchyard, EC4
Directions: St Pauls tube
Phone: 0 20 7236 4128
Website: http://www.stpauls.co.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 25, 2010
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