One of the main attractions in London is St. Paul’s Cathedral, built in honor of the apostle Paul. You can see it from almost every part of the city. Today it is the seat of the Bishop of London. The cathedral is more than three centuries old.
The appearance of the cathedral is striking for its thoughtfulness of proportion and a harmonious combination of details. The interior decoration is cool and simple. It has been made in accordance with the canons of the Protestant Church: here you will not see beautiful stucco mouldings with gilding. Magnificent stone carvings, beautiful stained glass windows and wooden benches have become a true decoration of the cathedral.
The dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral is the third largest in the world and is one of the most characteristic elements of London’s skyline. The present building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710 on the site of the original cathedral, which was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Inside the dome, the Whispering Gallery, named for its incredible acoustics, offers a close-up of the frescoes of St. Paul’s life that decorate the interior of the dome. From here, visitors can climb higher to two other galleries, which are located outside and offer magnificent views of all of London. Guided tours are available by prior arrangement.
Time has spared the Cathedral, even past wars have left it untouched. And after a large-scale reconstruction in the early 2000s, St Paul’s Cathedral is once again shining in all its splendour.
A week before Christmas, magnificent services begin in the cathedral with hymns. The impressions of the visit at this time will be the strongest. Londoners come here with their families, carrying on a centuries-old tradition.
During an excursion to St. Paul’s Cathedral, you must not use video and photographic equipment with you, shooting here is not allowed.
The cathedral is closed to the general public during festive events. Free admission is only available during Sunday services. From Monday to Saturday, it welcomes you from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. But be on time before 4:00 pm, as the ticket offices close at that time.
St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom