St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral sits at one of the highest points of London, on Ludgate Hill, in the City; it is the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. Since 604 AD five cathedrals had been built in this place while construction of the current building was completed in 1708. Only the third variant of design which included addition of the grand dome (it made architecture of the cathedral more impressive and significant) was chosen for construction of the current building of St Paul's Cathedral.

There are three galleries in the cathedral: Whispering Gallery, Golden and Stone Galleries. A whisper or low murmur against a wall in the Whispering Gallery at any point is audible to a listener with an ear held to the wall at any other point around the gallery. Among 17 bells of the cathedral there is the largest bell of Great Britain - Great Paul. It is traditionally tolled on occasions of a death in the royal family.

St Paul's Cathedral keeps the tombs of Anglo-Saxon kings and many well-known and respected personalities of Great Britain. Architecture of the cathedral, its historical relics and monuments enchant the visitors. On the tomb of Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul's Cathedral, who was the first person to be interred here, visitors can see the words written in Latin: 'Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you.' Remember these words when you'll get an opportunity to see London from the height of the Golden Gallery. You will feel especially lucky to watch the city in the rays of the setting sun! This amazingly beautiful panorama is worth 530 steps: from up where you will get a chance to see the Thames, the Globe Theatre, Millenniun Bridge! The cathedral is located at the highest point of London while the sightseeing platform of the Golden Gallery is another 85 metres up in the sky. Architect Christopher Wren picked pineapples to be the crowning feature of each of the towers of the Cathedral.

For many Londoners the cathedral has always been the favourite spot where citizens got together on holidays and came to see the king. For some, it is the major Anglican church only because of the fact that funerals of Margaret Thatcher occurred here as well as the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. St Paul's Cathedral houses many formal state events but on such days the cathedral is closed for visitors. To visit the cathedral, you need to buy a ticket: you can do it online. Taking photos is prohibited inside the cathedral, but you can do it at the sightseeing platform for non-commercial purposes.

Opposite the cathedral there is the landmark that belongs to contemporary time - shopping and entertainment centre One New Change, its roof houses a comfortable terrace where you can see the cathedral from a new angles, on the height of 8 floors. Other churches designed in Baroque style are Church St Mary Woolnoth and Saint Clement Danes Church.

Address: St. Paul's Churchyard
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:30 am - 6:30 pm; excursions to see the exhibition Mon-Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, gallery 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, on Sunday and on days of formal events the cathedral is closed for tourists.
How to reach: tube St Paul’s, Mansion House, Blackfriars, Bank; bus 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 23, 25, 26, 76, 100, 172, 242, 521; Blackfriars Pier.
Coordinates: 51.51384, -0.09835