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    St Paul's Cathedral

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 26, 2011

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    This cathedral was rebuilt after The Great Fire of London in 1666 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the early 1700s. This is one of my favourite cathedrals I ever visited and in 2009 I was glad of the opportunity to explore inside including the nave, the dome, the quire and the crypt where many important people are either buried of remembered including Sir Christopher Wren, Lord Nelson, Duke of Wellington, Florence Nightingale and the painter, JMW Turner.

    You pay extra to the visit The Galleries. You begin your ascent, 257 steps up, to The Whispering Gallery where whispers can be heard away at the opposite site of the dome. Another 119 steps up is the Stone Gallery outside where you can get amazing views of the London skyline including the Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern, Canary Wharf, The Monument and Tower Bridge. The final flight of stairs, totalling 528 steps from the cathedral floors, you reach the Golden Gallery for more panoramic views but higher up.

    There is a cathedral shop and refreshments.

    I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the cathedral and this is one of a very few attractions that I can return to.

    It cost me 11 GBP (January 2010) to explore the Cathedral including The Galleries.

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    Climb to the Whispering Gallery

    by Donna_in_India Updated Jun 3, 2011

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    St. Paul's Cathedral is located in "The City", London's financial quarter. It was built by Sir Christopher Wren and although he built more than 50 churches, this is his masterpiece. It is built in the shape of the cross and has one of the largest cathedral domes in the world.

    It is a really beautiful (and huge) church with several small altars on either side. Beautiful mosaics and stone carvings adorn the inside. I loved the center altar. It was seen around the world during the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

    We climbed the 259 steps up to the whispering gallery. The whispering gallery is up in the first dome of the church. You are supposed to be able to sit on one side and whisper to someone on the other side – 107 feet away. We tried and tried but weren’t able to hear each other at all but had fun trying.

    Filming and photography is not allowed inside the Cathedral.

    Tickets available online to avoid queues.

    Hours:

    St Paul's Cathedral is open for sightseeing from Monday to Saturday between 8.30am - 4pm.
    Last tickets are sold at 4pm and the cathedral closes for sightseeing at 4.30pm.
    On Sunday the cathedral is open for worship only and there is no sightseeing.
    The galleries are open to sightseers from Monday to Saturday between 9.30am - 4.15pm (last admission). Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the galleries.

    Admission: Adults £14.50, Seniors £13.50, Students £13.50, Children (6-18yrs) £5.50

    Both guided and audio tours are available.

    Please note that all visitor information is correct as of this update.

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    Don't feed the birds!

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A song always springs to mind when you see this magnificent Church "Feed the birds" from Mary Poppins. We wandered around the grounds first & were surprised to see roses still blooming in the little garden, when we saw a sign saying "Do not feed the birds" my friend remarked that Mary Poppins was illiterate! Then came the serious stuff of really looking at this place of worship. A Sir Christopher Wren masterpiece & where he was laid to rest. I have heard there is a charge for a tour here, but if you join in the service on a Sunday - it's free - take a seat - sit quietly & marvel at the magic of the interior - please observe the no photography signs & show some respect. We saw one tourist being told of for using a camera - it doesn't matter what nationality you are the signs are in pictures.
    Check out the web site if you would like to see St. Paul's interior.

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    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This place is huge! The central dome is impressive and looms over the city as perhaps the most noticeable aspect of its skyline. Go inside and gaze at the interior, but you won't be permitted to take photos inside. This is a postcard that I got in the gift shop.

    St. Paul is the city's patron saint and the cathedral is the masterpiece by the famous architect, Christopher Wren, who is buried in the crypt below.

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    St Pauls Cathedral, The Whispering Gallery

    by kris-t Updated Mar 8, 2011

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    The Whispering Gallery runs around the interior of the Dome and is 259 steps up from ground-level. It gets its name from a charming quirk in its construction, which makes a whisper against its walls audible on the opposite side.

    Designed by Christopher Wren, and completed in 1711, to replace previous building destroyed in the great fire of 1666. Climb the dome, - the stairs take you through the whispering gallery, and on up to the lantern for a fine view.

    entrance ticket - BP12.50

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    by smirnofforiginal Updated Feb 7, 2011

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    Built between 1675 and 1710 this beautiful building (the fourth cathderal to stand on this spot) was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
    Famous ceremonies have been held here including, of course, the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana.

    I visited St. Paul's as a young child (as all school children used to) and my memory of it is dominated by The Whispering Gallery. If you stand on one side and whisper to the wall, the person on the other side of the gallery can hear you!

    The golden ball that sit on top of the dome is actually a room! 10 people can fit into it.

    Adult : £14.50. Child (6-18 years) £5.50 or family (2 adults, 2 children) £34.50
    8.30am - 4.30pm
    on Sundays the cathedral is a place of worship and therefore no sight seeing is possible.

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    St Paul Cathedral

    by malianrob Updated Jan 17, 2011

    Built between 1675 and 1710, this is where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. It is truly a beautiful place. We took a guided tour and learned so much of the history here. We couldnt take pictures inside the cathedral only outside which really sucks but there is a gift shop where you can purchase books, pictures and other souveniers.
    St Pauls Cathedral is located in the main financial center and this was considered the original London. I thought it was a Catholic church but its actually Anglican. The cathedral is open to the public at a charge for non-worshipping visitors and you can climb the 530 steps to the golden gallery where you can see a beautiful view of London. I didnt do this because we didnt have time. We did see a wedding here though and we also went down to the crypt. The cathedral has a crypt holding over 200 memorials.
    One of the largest domes in the world 111.3 meters high, weighing 65,000 tons it is supported by eight pillars. The dome is actually a dome within a dome and this is what we see on the outside of the cathedral. Around the Dome there are three Galleries, the Whispering Gallery, The Stone Gallery, and the Golden Gallery, this is the highest point of the outer Dome. This place is impressive and a must see when in London.

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    St. Paul's Cathedral

    by WheninRome Updated Nov 26, 2010

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    It is definitely worth paying the entrance fee for full admission to St. Paul's Cathedral even at 12.50 gbp per person. Opening times are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Be sure to give yourself at least an hour to fully enjoy it - I spent almost 2 hours exploring the church and enjoying the heavenly views from the dome.

    Start out by enjoying the main church interior. The Nave and North and South Transepts are all very beautiful and worthy of a look. We took a seat on the ground floor under the dome and very quite a while just took everything in. The paintings, architecture, stained glass, everything is beautiful and awe-inspiring.

    Once you have taken the main floor in, either make your way up or down. First we went down to take a short tour of the crypt area, where notables like Christopher Wren (the church designer) and the Duke of Wellington rest.

    Next we made our way up the winding staircase to the Whispering Gallery. This is definitely a treat as the acoustics let you whisper along the wall and be heard by your partner (or an eavesdropper) a long way away. I then made my way up another set of staircases, I believe to the Golden Gallery, which is the highest you are allowed to get. The views from the outside balcony are stunning - worth both the climb and the price of admission.

    St. Paul's Cathedral was one of my highlights of London.

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    by leffe3 Updated Nov 25, 2010

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    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)

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    by Britannia2 Written Nov 13, 2010

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    The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.
    This is one of Englands most famous churches - this is where state events such as royal weddings take place and it is part of the nations fabric.
    The magnificent mosaics are the result of Queen Victoria’s mid-19th century complaint that the interior was "most dreary, dingy and undevotional.” The American Memorial Chapel stands behind the High Altar in an area that was bomb-damaged during the Second World War – a gesture of gratitude to the American dead of the Second World War from the people of Britain. An altar has now been installed on a dais in the heart of the Cathedral, bringing services closer to those who attend them.
    Admission is not cheap - adults are £12.50 for example but each visitor gets a Multimedia guide and guided tour. Open from 08.30.

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    St Paul's Cathedral

    by mirchica Written Jun 26, 2010

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    This is the London Cathedral. It is amazing with its architecture. From inside it is with brocatelle
    Marble.
    It is located in London City and it’s one of the places that should not be skipped. There is a wide square in front of the south entrance and a beautiful garden in the back yard.

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    by vichatherly Updated May 13, 2010

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    Another must see piece of architecture in London. See it even if you don’t want to take the tour inside.

    Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece is spectacular on the outside and lavish on the inside. The dome, which survived the WWII blitz in 1940, seems to get larger the further away you get from it.

    It’s not cheap for two adult tickets but it is worth the money if you have never ventured inside. Look to be spending a couple of hours here, especially if you’re going to get the most out of your ticket and climb up the galleries.

    There is no photography allowed inside the building, but still take you camera to capture great views of London when you’re outside up in the Stone and Golden galleries. The cathedral guides are very friendly and are a mine of information if you ask the right questions.

    We wandered around the cathedral floor, with its Great West Door, Wellington Monument and Lord Nelson Statue.

    It was then upwards, to where you really get your monies worth out of the ticket.

    First you’ll have to climb up the 257 steps to the “Whispering Gallery”. This gives you a great view of the beautifully decorated Dome. You can also whisper to each other across the room, by whispering in an amateur dramatic way at the wall. If there aren’t too many people upstairs at the time then you should be able to hear each other from opposite sides of the circle.

    Then it is upwards again, a further 119 steps, to the “Stone Gallery”. This takes you outside of the cathedral and gives you your first chance to take some photos of the London Skyline. The view is somewhat restricted though by the stone wall.

    If you want an unrestricted view then it’s another 152 steps up a very winding spiral staircase to the “Golden Gallery”. This again gives you spectacular views of London.

    The steps you climb up are the steps that you climb down so take your time both ways.

    We then took a look down in the Crypt, taking in the Tomb of Admiral Lord Nelson. A cup of tea may be then the order of the day.

    The cathedral is a great place to start your day if you want to take in the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern and the Globe theatre.

    All visiting times and admission cost can be found on their website.

    Lunch Tip
    If you need lunch nearby then check out the nearby Paternoster Chop House which is nearby.

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    Majestic Dome: an Architectural Masterpiece

    by Durfun Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Easily seen from the south of the river, beautifully framing the cityscape of the City of London.

    Something ancient and historic alongside the modern skyscrapers of the city (Tower42, Swiss Re), making it one of the landmarks for recognising London. Due to damage, it has been rebuilt many times! The dome rises 365 feet above the city

    Crypts of Duke of Wellington, Nelson, and Christopher Wren can be found here. Nelson lies directly beneath the Dome's middle. The dome weighs 65,000 tonnes, supported by 8 pillars. The Cathedral is built in the shape of a cross, with the dome crowning the intersection of the arms.

    There are 3 Galleries:
    1. Whispering - 259 steps up, runs around the interior
    2. Stone - 378 steps from ground level (at 173 feet), encircles the outside of the dome
    3. Golden - 530 steps up, runs around the highest point of the outer dome (280 feet up)

    This place was first 'wowed' by my Civil engineer friend visiting from the US in 1996, but I only managed to go here this year!! Did try once in 2003 but was too late to climb up the Dome. The dome is believed to be one of the largest of its kind, and the echo effects heard here are particularly unique.

    A great way to approach it & view it's majesty: starting from the Southbank (near Tate Modern), walk towards it on the Millenium footbridge.

    It's not close as it looks, for even after getting off the bridge on the north side there is a fair bit of walking to do!

    You can also get good photos of it from the River Cafe of Tate Modern.

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    Saint Paul's Cathedral

    by MM212 Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    The seat of the Bishop of London, Saint Paul's Cathedral, is one of the city's major landmarks. It was completed in 1708 as a replacement to a previous Gothic cathedral that was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The Renaissance style structure is a masterpiece of the architect, Sir Christopher Wren, who was inspired by Saint Peter's in Rome when he designed the monumental 108 metre high dome. The interior follows an English Baroque design. Despite dominating the London skyline, Saint Paul's Cathedral miraculously survived the terrible bombings of WWII.

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    Great Views

    by jorgec25 Written Sep 15, 2009

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    If you are looking for some views of London from above, and don't want to wait in long lines at the London Eye, visiting St Paul Cathedral provides a good chance to experience, besides the beautiful interior of the cathedral, and the Crypt, where are the tombs of many famous persons, such as Admiral Nelson, Montgomery and Lord Byron, a great view of London.

    A nice detail, on the way up to the cathedral tower, you can stop at the whisper balcony, where you can whisper to the walls and speak to people standing on the opposite site.

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