St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London.
It sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade I listed building.
The Cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. It’s dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years.
At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967. The dome is among the highest in the world. St Paul’s is the second largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.
St Paul’s Cathedral occupies a significant place in the national identity it is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as of images of the dome surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz. Services held at St Paul’s have included the funerals of Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and the jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria as well as peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars.
The Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, the launch of the Festival of Britain; and the thanksgiving services for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the 80th and 90th birthdays of Queen Elisabeth II.