There are many major landmarks in the city, but none as recognizable as St Paul’s Cathedral located in the heart of London. Its dome might not be the tallest building in the city, but it’s by far one of the most well loved. This is definitely a destination for all fans of art and architecture. This majestic building has to be experienced in person to fully appreciate it.
A Baroque beauty that has stood the test of time
Designed by the famous Sir Christopher Wren, it’s easy to see why this building really is a showpiece in London’s landscape. Every brick has been meticulously looked after since the cathedral was built in 1675. The Baroque period was known as a time of excess, and everything about this building speaks of luxury. St Paul’s Cathedral has stood the test of time, surviving two world wars as well as the strains of a growing city.
The cathedral offers a full range of events and services
While it is wonderful to look at its gorgeous carvings and stunning stained glass windows, St Paul’s remains a fully functioning cathedral. You’ll be able to find all the regular events and services throughout the year. There are special services at Christmas time and Easter. On a daily basis, one is able to enjoy the huge entrance and ground floor of the building, taking in the spectacular dome from the inside of the cathedral as visitors did hundreds of years ago.
Take a guided tour of the cathedral
Tours of St Paul’s Cathedral take place throughout the year, with very knowledgeable tour guides ready to take you around the building. There is even a chance to walk to the top of the dome for a spectacular view of the city. Thinking about staying in London for a little while longer? The cathedral holds special adult learning events that are aimed around Bible history and encourage healthy debate. Take a look at the St Paul’s Cathedral website to find out more on dates and times.
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A historical icon of the city
St Paul’s Cathedral is not only a beautiful building to behold, but also one that is linked to the very history of London itself. Built in the 17th century, you can find masterpieces of crafts and art throughout the cathedral, such as the intricate carving created by Huguenot craftsmen on the beautiful stonework that surrounds the building. If all that sightseeing has worn you out, stop for a bite to eat at the cathedral’s cafe and restaurant. Although it is an old building, the Crypt can be hired for very modern weddings and parties. Are you planning on visiting St Paul’s Cathedral? For visitors, there is an entry fee to the building that includes viewing the cathedral floor, the Crypt as well as the galleries that are part of the cathedral. It costs 18 GBP (27 USD) for adults, 8 GBP (12 USD) for children and 44 GBP (66 USD) for group/family visits. Book in advance via the St Paul’s Cathedral website for online concessions. Opening times for visitors start from 8.30am to 4.15pm.
Visit one of London's culture hot spots at St Paul's Cathedral
This stunning building is shrouded in mystery and beauty, and these are the qualities that embody the older parts of London. Get away from the modern world and take a step back in time to visit this beautiful old cathedral while you are in London.
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