St Paul’s Cathedral is world famous and occupies a significant place in the national identity of the United Kingdom and especially England. St Paul’s is an Anglican cathedral in the heart of London that sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point of the city, and the seat of the Bishop of London.
St Paul’s is an Anglican cathedral in the heart of London that sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point of the city, and the seat of the Bishop of London.
Its devotion to Paul the Apostle dates back to AD 604 when the original church was founded. The present church, as it stands today, was designed and constructed in the 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren after the original was seriously damaged after the Great Fire of London.
It was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, with its uppermost point reaching 365 feet high. Its dome is still among the highest in the world.
Amongst the many important historical services that have been held at St Paul’s were the funerals of two notable British military heroes from the Napoleonic Wars: Admiral Horatio Nelson who fought and died at the battle of Trafalgar & Arthur Wellesley (The Duke of Wellington) who fought at the Battle of Waterloo. Two of the most famous British prime ministers have also had funeral services at St. Pauls, Sir Winston Churchill and Lady Margaret Thatcher.
The Cathedral has hosted to significant moments in British history including the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria, peace services marking the end of both the First and Second World Wars, the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
More recently a memorial service was held by the British royal family and key members of British parliament for Britain’s Afghan war heroes. The Queen and the Prime Minister led the nation in honouring military servicemen and women who fought and died during the 13 year long combat operations in Afghanistan.
Many of the families of the 453 British soldiers killed in the conflict were in attendance. Other notable attendees included Prince Harry, who served two tours during the conflict, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince William and Kate also led tributes for the men and women who died fighting.
St Paul’s Cathedral is a busy and active working church open to the public, with daily prayer and religious services held regularly.
JUST A WHISPER
One of the unknown features of the cathedral is the “Whispering Gallery”. For children who tell each other secrets, whispering against or near the wall can be clearly heard to other visitors to the cathedral, up to 112 feet away!
THE STAR OF THE SHOW
St Paul’s Cathedral has also been featured in several films such as Sherlock Holmes, Mary Poppins and Harry Potter!
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- Address: The Chapter House, St. Paul's Churchyard, London, England, UK, EC4M 8AD
- GPS: 51.51373419999999,-0.09879430000000866
- Phone: 0044 (0)2072 468 350
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: EC4M 8AD
- Entrance Fees: Charges Apply (Free access for worship)
- Disabled Access: Excellent
- Visibility from Road: Excellent
- Image Credits: Mark L.G.