St Paul’s Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of London. Dedicated to Paul the Apostle, this magnificent cathedral is located on the highest natural elevation in London, the Ludgate Hill. It happens to be the final resting ground of famous sons of England like Admiral Nelson and Winston Churchill.
A cathedral dedicated St. Paul has stood at the Ludgate Hill, highest point of London since 600 AD. The cathedral, with much of the city was burnt in a fire in 1087 AD. Construction of the Old St Paul’s Cathedral started soon after the fire but could be completed only by 1240 AD. This Gothic style monument was constructed of wood with lead paneling on the domes. The cathedral was further enlarged during subsequent centuries but was generally neglected and sometimes defaced during the political-religious turmoil of England in the civil war era. The Old Paul’s Cathedral was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1632 AD.
The construction of a new Cathedral started in 1669 under the supervision of Sir Christopher Wren, Britain’s most famous architect. In the beginning it was earlier thought to retain a part of the old cathedral but by 1670, it was decided to bring down the whole structure and start afresh. After years of planning, construction started in 1675 and a large number of master draftsmen and artisans were employed in the construction. The work was officially completed on 25 December 1711. At its completion, St Paul’s Cathedral was the second largest in England, arguably with the finest dome ever made.
|Site seeing||Mon to Sat|
|St Paul’s Cathedral||8:30 AM to 4:00 PM|
|The Galleries||9:30 AM to 4:15 PM|
|Check the Cathedral calendar before visit as it may be closed due to special events.|
|Individual||Group(10+) and Online|
|Concessions (Students & Seniors)||£14.00||£13.00|
|Family Ticket2 Adults + 2 Children(6-17yrs)||£39.00||£35.00 (online only)|
|Underground||Central Line||Station – St Paul’s|
|District and Circle Lines||Stations – Mansion House, Cannon Street and Blackfriars|
|Train||London Bridge||20 min walk|
|Cannon Street||8 min walk|
|Blackfriars||5 min walk|
|Bus||Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242|
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Reference: Official Site, Wikipedia
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