"crosses the road towards St Paul’s"
The High Altar of St Paul's Cathedral
Public DomainThe High Altar of St Paul's Cathedral - Credit: William Donelson

 

St Paul's Cathedral with the Millenium Bridge in the foreground
Public DomainSt Paul's Cathedral with the Millenium Bridge in the foreground - Credit: Robert Bauer

 St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks on London. Situated on Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, a cathedral has been there since around 604 AD, dedicated to Paul the Apostle. The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and consecrated in 1705 after the Great Fire of London destroyed its predecessor. The dome is one of the highest in the world at 365 feet (111 metres) and until 1962 it was the highest building in London.

St Paul’s has played host to a myriad of important services – the funerals of Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill, jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria and the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, among others. It received iconic status as a symbol of London and Britain as a whole when propaganda pictures were released featuring the dome rising tall amongst the smoke and ashes of bombed London during the Blitz.