St. Paul's Cathedral

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, St Pauls Cathedral is one of London's most famous and recognisable sights and occupies a significant place in the national identity.

The most notable exterior feature of St Pauls Cathedral is the dome, which rises 365 feet to the cross at its summit and dominates views of the City. It is a grade 1 listed building. The height of 365 feet is explained by Wren's interest in astronomy. Until the late 20th century St Paul's was the tallest building on the City skyline, designed to be seen surrounded by the delicate spires of Wren's other city churches. Today the dome still remains among the highest in the world.

St Paul's Cathedral is a working church with hourly prayer and daily services. St Paul's Cathedral is a busy church with four or five services every day, including Matins, Eucharist and Evening Prayer or Evensong. In addition, the cathedral has many special services associated with the City of London, its corporation, guilds and institutions.

The cathedral, as the largest church in London, also has a role in many state functions such as the service celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The funerals of many notable figures have occurred at the cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral has been depicted many times in paintings, prints and drawings. Among the well-known artists to have painted it are Canaletto, Turner, Daubigny, Pissarro, Signac, Derain and Lloyd Rees.

It has also been used in films and TV programmes, either as the focus of the film, as a feature of the film or as an incidental location.

The cathedral is generally open daily to tourists and has a regular programme of organ recitals and other performances. Admission is £18 for adults and £7 for children, and allows entry to the cathedral floor, the crypt and the three galleries in the dome. No charge is made to worshippers. On Sunday the cathedral is open for worship only.

 

 

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