St Pauls Cathedral Architecture, Christopher Wren Building, Architect, Date, Picture
St Pauls Cathedral London
Religious Building in England: Architecture – design by Sir Christopher Wren, architect
page updated 4 Jul 2014
St Paul’s Cathedral
Location: central / east London, north of the Thames
Architect: Christopher Wren
New photos from 12 Nov 2012:
St Paul’s Cathedral
Architect: Sir Christopher Wren
Years built: 604; 962; circa 1088 to 1314; 1677
Summary of key aspects of the building:
– Church of England cathedral
– seat of the Bishop of London
– dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.
– St Paul’s sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London
– present church dating from the late 17th century
– built to an English Baroque design of Sir Christopher Wren
– as part of a major rebuilding program which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London
– was completed within his lifetime.
– one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London
– dominating the skyline for 300 years.
– 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962
The dome is also among the highest in the world.
In terms of area, St Paul’s is the 2nd largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.
St Paul’s Cathedral occupies a significant place in the national identity of the English population. It is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as postcard images of the dome standing tall, surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz. Important services held at St Paul’s have included the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, the launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for the Golden Jubilee, the 80th Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. St Paul’s Cathedral is a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services.
Contains famous Whispering Gallery under the dome
Stone Gallery – panoramic view over London
Golden Gallery accessed via stairs between inner & outer domes
Nearest Tube: St Paul’s
St Paul’s Cathedral – contact: 020 7246 8348
St Pauls Cathedral Architect – Christopher Wren
St. Paul’s Cathedral : Lighting Award
St Pauls Cathedral photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.co.uk
View across the River Thames:
Location:St Pauls Cathedral, London, UK
Architecture in London
London Architecture Designs – chronological list
Key Buildings by Christopher Wren in London
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St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh
Scanned photo from 1997 by Isabelle Lomholt:
St Pauls Cathedral building : Information Centre
St Pauls Cathedral context : Paternoster Square
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