St. Paul’s Cathedral London

St. Paul’s Cathedral London

St. Paul’s Cathedral is the majestic mother church of the Diocese of London, and is also the seat of the Bishop of London. It was built by Christopher Wren in between 1675-1711. However, the history behind the construction of the church goes back differently. The churches, was basically built and rebuild five different times. The first one being a dedication to apostle Paul, dating back to 604 AD was a wooden one, which eventually got replaced by that of a stone, built by Erkenwald, Bishop of London. In 962 1087 the church was again rebuild, followed by further renovations and extensions in the 13th and 14th century.

St. Paul’s Cathedral LondonOn the night of September 6, 1666, 4/5 of London City was ruined due to the Great Fire, which also included the St. Paul’s Cathedral. Therefore, after 3 years in 1669, Christopher Wren as the ‘Surveyor of Works’ started working on the construction of the church once again. After two steady rejections of proposed models, the third one finally got approved in 1675, which presently resembles the ‘Great Model’. With a height of 366 ft, the dome weighs about 66,000 tons. The church holds witness to several historic events including funerals of Nelson and Churchill to the marriage of Prince Charles-Lady Diana.

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