St. Paulís Cathedral has been a London icon since 604 A.D. The current cathedral is the fourth to be built there and was built between 1675 and 1710, after the third cathedral was destroyed in the great fire of London.
Whether you are religious or not, St. Paulís Cathedral is a must-see London attraction if only for its elaborate and ornate architecture. The cathedral has been the setting for a variety of important events in London's history. St. Paulís was the site of the funeral of Lord Nelson, the duke of Wellington, and Sir Winston Churchill. The cathedral was the site of peace services marking the end of the first and second world wars and was also the site for the wedding of Price Charles and Princess Diana. The dome of the cathedral showcases fantastic 18th century paintings and the cathedral floor is the home to art by artists such as William Hunt and Sergi Chepik.
Every St. Paulís Cathedral visitor should make a trip up the cathedral's winding spiral staircase to the Whispering Gallery, and experience one of the most amazing panoramic views of London from the cathedral's Stone and Golden galleries.
The cathedral is open Monday through Saturday.
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|Sheri Ann Richerson|