London, England

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a unique monument to the greatness of one of the world’s most successful empires and is where the royal family commemorates special occasions.

Towering over London

The celebrated St. Paul’s Cathedral traces its origins to a church built in AD 604. It saw several reconstructions through the ages until it was mostly destroyed in the Great Fire of London. The present Cathedral was constructed by Sir Christopher Wren who was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. For nearly three centuries, it was the tallest building in London.

Spectacular Sights

The Cathedral’s architecture and style is a testament to British glory. The high altar is made of marble and adorned with gilded oak. The Grand Organ below the altar comprises 7189 pipes and five keyboards. Within the cathedral, there are little chapels which house beautiful paintings and sculptures. Beneath the cathedral is Europe’s largest crypt where many illustrious Englishmen are laid to rest.

The adventurous get to enjoy a stunning view of London, if you can manage to climb all the 528 steps up to the Golden Gallery.

Handy Tips

  • The Cathedral charges an admission fee that goes towards the conservation and upkeep of the premises but the devout can worship at the Cathedral for free.
  • Do buy your tickets online to save up to £2 per ticket and to avoid standing in long queues.
  • Photography is not permitted within the church but you can carry your cameras up to the two viewing galleries: The Golden Gallery at the very top and the Stone Gallery at the base of the dome.