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St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Built between 1675 and 1710, St Paul’s Cathedral – baroque masterpiece has one of the largest cathedral domes in the world, standing 111m high and weighing 65,000 tonnes. The splendid cathedral has formed the lavish setting for many state ceremonies.

Following the great Fire of London in 1666, the medieval cathedral  of St Paul’s was left in ruins. The authorities turned to Christopher Wren to rebuild it, but his ideas met with strong resistance  from the Conservative Dean and Chapter. Wren’s 1672 Great Model plan was rejected and a watered-down plan was finally agreed in 1675.

Sir Christopher Wren was a leading figure in the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire on 1666. He built 52 churches, 31 of which have survived.

Despite the compromises, Wren created a magnificent Baroque cathedral. It has a strong choral tradition and is famed for its music, with regular concerts and organ recitals.

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    London, Ludgate Hill EC4.
  • Underground

    St Paul’s, Mansion House

"This baroque domes is one of the largest in the world-65 000 tonnes"

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