Saints and Stones: St. Paul's Cathedral

The See of London dates from 604 A.D., and its cathedral has always been situated on Ludgate Hill and dedicated to Saint Paul. The first cathedral was built by the Saxons in wood, but it burned down in 675 A.D. and was rebuilt, again in wood, ten years later. After it was sacked by the Vikings in 962 A.D., the "second" St Paul's was built, this time mainly in stone. The third St Paul's (known as Old St Paul's), was begun by the Normans after the late Saxon cathedral suffered in a fire of 1087. Work took over two hundred years, and the church was "completed" in 1240; but a change of heart soon led to the commencement of an enlargement programme, which was not completed until 1314.

The current cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

About St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral Website
Wikipedia: St. Paul's Cathedral

Journey to St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is located in the heart of London. Take the London Underground and exit at St James’s Park (District and Circle Lines) or St. Pauls Cathedral (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines).

Ordnance Survey Map (TQ3196181177)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the St. Paul's Cathedral website. General tourist information may be found on the Visit London website.

Additional Photos of St. Paul's Cathedral

Front of St. Paul's Cathedral
Front of St. Paul's Cathedral
Statue of Queen Anne Outside St. Paul's Cathedral

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