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

St. Paul's Cathedral, London: 288 reviews and 565 photos


A church dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD. The current Cathedral, started in 1669, is the fourth and was built after a fire destroyed 4/5th of all of London in 1666, destroying 13,200 houses and 89 churches (including the St. Paul's Cathedral).

St Paul?s has been the stage for many important events in English history such as the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria, King George V; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth; the wedding of Charles to Lady; and the Golden Jubilee of the Queen.

When you enter and see the dome from the inside it may look strange, it?s smaller and lower than you probably expected. Between the inner and outer domes is a brick cone, which supports the 850-ton lantern.

Climb 259 spiral steps and check out the Whispering Gallery in the interior of the dome, it?s an acoustic marvel where even the faintest whisper can be heard clearly on the opposite side. Sit on one side, have someone sit on the opposite side, and whisper away. From there a second steep climb leads to the Stone Gallery, opening onto a panoramic view of London. Another 153 steps take you to the Inner Golden Gallery, situated at the top of the inner dome.

After all those steps you are probably tired as heck and wondering why you even wanted to see the city from there. After the heart rate goes back to normal, snap a picture with you at the top. This will be a badge of honor and something to gloat about to friends who didn?t make it

Cathedral Mon.-Sat. 8:30-4, closed occasionally for special services;

Ambulatory, crypt, and gallery Mon.-Sat. 9-5:15. Shop and Crypt Café also Sun. 10:30-5

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

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  • Updated Jan 15, 2008
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