St Paul's Cathedral in London (England) - the seat of the Bishop of London
Location show on map
Lidgate Hill, City, London, Great Britain
Date of build
1675 - 1710
St. Paweł in London is the seat of the London bishop and the spiritual center of the City district.
This is the third largest cathedral in the world. Only the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome and the large, underground cathedral in Lourdes.
Constructor Paul Sir. Christopher Wren is one of the most distinguished architects for the British capital. As many as 50 London buildings (mainly churches) were created on his drawing board.
At the site of the cathedral, i.e. on the small hill Ludgate Hill, there used to be another church that was devastated by unknown perpetrators in 1650, and its remains burned down during the great fire of London in 1666. The construction of a new temple began 9 years later. Climbing St. Paul lasted 35 years. Sir. Christopher Wren oversaw the construction of the cathedral from the windows of his house on the other side of the Thames. Construction ended in 1710, and the consecration of the temple took place a year later.
St Paul's cathedral overwhelms its size. The length of the main nave is 146 m, while the height to the top of the cross is 110 m. The dome of the cathedral is the second tallest cathedral dome in the world. At its base there is an observation gallery from which you can admire the panorama of London.
From inside the dome, like the entire interior of St. Paul is decorated with frescoes depicting the life story of Saint. Paul. Sir. James Thornhill. The sculptures and other decorations inside are the work of Griling Gibbnsom.
After Sir. Christopher Wren was buried in that cathedral. In this way, his merits for the city were appreciated. In addition to the grave of Wren in the Cathedral of St. Paweł has dozens of other graves. The most important personality buried in the cathedral is Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson.
Paul was recognized as the best place for the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in 1981. At the foot of the cathedral stood the Paternoster Square. Its decoration is the sculpture of a shepherd surrounded by a herd of sheep by Elizabeth Frink.
Official website: https://www.stpauls.co.uk