Breathtaking, elegant and topped by one of the largest church domes in the world, St. Paul’s Cathedral was completed in 1710 after over three decades of work led by Sir Christopher Wren. The architectural masterpiece recently underwent a massive renovation project costing upwards of 40 million pounds. After 15 years of work, the scaffolding was recently removed to reveal the church’s deep cleaning.
St.Paul’s Cathedral Dome
St. Paul’s Cathedral view from the Millenium Bridge
The famous dome reaches heights of 278 feet, making it the third largest on the planet. Wren’s epitaph is inscribed inside it, inviting visitors to “look around” if they “seek his monument.”
St. Paul’s Cathedral interior
St. Paul’s Cathedral View Up along the Spiral Staircase in the South Tower
Although the dome is magnificent, it is not the only wonder of St. Paul’s. Climb the 163 spiral steps to explore the acoustic phenomenon of the Whispering Gallery. Whisper something into the wall, and it can be heard clearly in under a second on the other side, which stands over 100 feet away.
London view from St. Paul’s Cathedral
London at twilight view from St. Paul’s Cathedral
The Stone Gallery at the dome’s base is also worth exploring on the way to the Golden Gallery, the highest point of the dome, standing 280 feet above the ground. Both galleries have outdoor balconies that offer incredible panoramas of the city.
The High Altar St. Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral facade
The remains of John Donne, one of the country’s most celebrated poets, are laid to rest in the south choir aisle. The American Memorial Chapel stands behind the high altar, paying tribute to the nearly 30,000 soldiers stationed in Britain who died in the Second World War, and the underground crypt is home to the remains of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
St. Paul’s Cathedral perspective