St Paul is the patron saint of the City of London. The first Cathedral which was dedicated to him was built on this site in AD 604. The current St Pauls was designed after the Great Fire of London in 1666 which destroyed the cathedral.
The Dome is the second largest in the world and is situated directly above the compass design at the central part of the Church
St Paul's Cathedral became even more well known around the world when Charles and Di got married there in 1981. The building was constructed between 1675 and 1710 and stands on the site of two previous cathedrals dating back to 604.
The famous dome of the Cathedral is the biggest in the world after St Peter's in Rome. Sir Christopher Wren, the architect, is memorialised in the crypt, along with Wellington and Nelson.
It is said that if you visit the Whispering Gallery encircling the base of the dome, you can hear whispering from across the other side. There are some great view to be had from the top of the dome.
Open Weekdays and Saturdays 8.30a.m. to 4.00pm. Sunday is closed for sightseeing but a service is at 11.00am.
The cathedral was under repair when I was there, but we could still climb up to the dome. And even under construction this is a gorgeous building. I didn't ever get a picture of the cathedral, but it's rather well-known so I suppose most people can picture it.
The climb to the top is a bit scary. No, a lot scary. And it was windy as all get out up there. So much so I was afraid I'd be blown off. But it was worth the scare.
I was staying at the St Bart's Hospital's accommodation for the interns, which is near St. Paul's.
I am still baffled by the admission charges. This was the first time I've came across a place of worship where you need to pay to enter. I wonder whether one needs to pay to pray there. Didn't go in as I refused to pay, rather use the $ for food.
At least I could still wonder at its beautiful architecture from the outside, free of charge. ;)
After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, artistic patronage bloomed under Charles II. Then, when the Great Fire of London destroyed four-fifths of the city in 1666, Christopher Wren took centre stage, being appointed King's Surveyor-General in 1669, aged 37. The spires, towers and steeples of his 51 new churches(23 still stand)surrounded his masterpiece, St.Paul's. This cathedral church for the diocese of London was founded in AD 604 by King Ethelbert of Kent. The first four churches burned down. Wren's, built in stone, was the first english cathedral built by a single architect and the only one with a dome. The funerals of Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill were held here. The 530 steps to the top are worth the effort.
This Cathedral was built by Christopher Wren in 1666, after the fire of London. It is most famous for being the church where Lady Diana with Prince Charles were married (Westminster Abbey was too small to accommodate all the guests). You can also see the tombs of Wellington, Admiral Nelson and the famous architect Christopher Wren. You can climb up the a platform in the dome (the Whispering gallery), apparently if you whisper into the wall on one side of the dome it can be heard on the other side.
Sir Christopher Wren designed this wonderful building, which was started 9 years after the medieval St Pauls had been burnt down in the Fire of London. The cathedral has been extensively restored in recent years. The exterior has had the grime of the ages removed, and clear glass (as specified in Wren's original design) has replaced the wartime bomb damaged stained glass.
You can climb up in to the Whispering gallery in the dome, where a whisper at one side carries right round the dome. Then up to the Stone Gallery giving a view over the city, and up to the Golden Gallery at the top of the dome.
The crypt is equally impressive, with the tombs of both Nelson and Wellington (complete with the 18ton carriage that took his body to the cathedral in 1852).
St Paul's Cathedral is a major landmark and icon of London. Although not as beautiful as other cathedrals inside, it is nonetheless stunning because of its share dimensions. Looking up into the dome is impressive.
The highlight for me however, was the view from the 'Golden Gallery' at the top of the dome. The viewing platform is narrow and when it is packed with tourists it is a bit difficult to walk around it, but the views are fabulous. Save your photo taking till you get to this level, tempting as it is to snap off some shots from the lower 'Stone Gallery'.
The famous 'Whispering Gallery' is usually too crowded and noisy for you to whisper at the walls and hear someone across the other side.
Located in the City of London (the downtown borough of the city), St. Paul's is one of London's most photogenic churches. Built between 1675 and 1710 by Sir Christopher Wren, the domed roof and layout for St. Paul's was thought very controversial at the time, when styles like Westminster's were preferred over the revolutionary St. Paul's. Nevertheless, the cathedral was built, and is today a landmark for the city. Its dome is the second largest in the world, second only to St. Peter's in Rome.
St. Paul's is perhaps best remembered in the black and white photographs from the London Blitz, when smoke and fires consumed much of the City of London, while St. Paul's dome miraculously stood out, unscratched by German bombs.
Inside St. Paul's are a number things that are really interesting. Around the upper base of the dome is the Whispering Gallery, where you can whisper close to the wall, and you'll be heard clear all the way on the other side. Also inside is the Wellington Memorial, dedicated to the British general who finally put an end to Napoleon, and the American Chapel, dedicated to all the American servicemen and women who were stationed in Britain in the Second World War.
Below the chapel is the Crypt, where members of the OBE (Order of the British Empire) are entombed. Among some of those here are Wellington, Nelson, and Kitchner. Strangely, there's also a cafe located in the crypt.
In all St. Paul's is a great place to take in more of the city's incredible past and historic beauty. Check out their great website for more information.
I have been to St. Paul's Cathedral ages ago and back then I wasn't too impressed because the church was full of noisy German school kids. But I like the views of the huge dome very much.
Building the cathedral was finished in 1697 after the Great Fire. Inside its huge dome there is a whispering gallery which I'd love to try one day. If you whisper against a wall there it can be heard on the opposite side!
The cathedral of London and one of the most famous in the world. This hallowed place will imbue you with a sense of awe and veneration. Climb to the very top tower of the cathedral for a wonderful view of the city.
This Cathedral was built by Christopher Wren in 1666, after the big fire. The big Dome is marvellous.
Of course that everybody remembers this church as the place of the fairy-tale wedding of Lady Diana with Prince Charles.
It is certainly worth to climb the stairs to the Whispering gallery, where you can admire the beautiful frescos in the 34 meter high dome. If you are in a good condition you can climb further (about 600 steps), to reach the Golden Gallery. You will be rewarded with a splendid view over the City and the Thames.
Don’t forget to visit the Crypt, to see the tombs of Wellington, Admiral Nelson and the famous architect Christopher Wren.
Attention: check the opening hours, as these hours can change due to special services.