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Saint Paul's Cathedral

Saint Paul's Cathedral

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October 2011
'Occupy London' camp outside St Paul's Cathedral

'Occupy London' camp outside St Paul's Cathedral

October 2011
'Occupy London' camp outside St Paul's Cathedral

'Occupy London' camp outside St Paul's Cathedral

October 2011

Saint Paul's Cathedral

Address:
St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Type:
Public
Completion:
1711
Area:
Sir Christopher Wren
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Description of Saint Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral building in London EC4.

The current cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1711 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.

Since the first service was held here in 1697, Wren's masterpiece has been where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Important services have included the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the launch of the Festival of Britain; the Service of Remembrance and Commemoration for the 11th September 2001: the 80th and 100th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

Over the centuries, St Paul’s has changed to reflect shifting tastes and attitudes. Decoration has been added and removed, services have been updated, and different areas have been put to new uses. Today, the history of the nation is written in the carved stone of its pillars and arches and is celebrated in its works of art and monuments.

In the crypt are effigies and fragments of stone that pre-date the Cathedral, relics of a medieval world. From Wren’s original vision, Jean Tijou’s beautiful wrought iron gates of 1700 still separate the quire from the ambulatory; children still test the acoustics in the Whispering Gallery; and the 1695 organ which Mendelssohn once played is still in use.

The magnificent mosaics are the result of Queen Victoria’s mid-19th century complaint that the interior was "most dreary, dingy and undevotional.” The American Memorial Chapel stands behind the High Altar in an area that was bomb-damaged during the Second World War – a gesture of gratitude to the American dead of the Second World War from the people of Britain. An altar has now been installed on a dais in the heart of the Cathedral, bringing services closer to those who attend them.

St Paul’s is currently undergoing an historic £40 million programme of cleaning and repair to mark the 300th Anniversary of the Cathedral in 2010. This is the first time in its long history that the building has been comprehensively restored inside and out. Once the programme of cleaning and repair is finished the two million visitors and worshippers who come to St Paul’s each year can witness Wren’s original vision and see his Cathedral as fresh as the day it was completed.

Source: stpauls.co.uk

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News & Comments: (3)

Buildington
2012/02/28 12:20

Police and bailiffs have evicted anti-capitalist protesters and removed tents from the Occupy London camp at St Paul's Cathedral, reports BBC. Occupy London, which campaigns against corporate greed, set up the camp here on 15 October 2011.

Read more http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17187180

Buildington
2011/10/25 14:13

We have added a couple of new photos of the Occupy London camp that caused the cathedral to close its doors on Friday. The OLSX protesters have been camped at the site since 15 October. The cathedral is said to be losing up to £20,000 a day and held its Sunday services in private for the first time since 1940.

Read more from BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15425738

Buildington
2011/06/05 03:09

In the first of a "360 degree buildings" series, the Observer's architecture critic Rowan Moore introduces spectacular interactive 360-degree panoramic photographs of Britain's architectural wonders http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jun/05/st-pauls-cathedral

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