St. Paul’s Cathedral is the largest and most famous churches in London. The architectural masterpiece is located at the site of the Roman temple. Sir Christopher Wren designed the present structure after the Great Fire of 1966 destroyed the original church. Here is a visitor’s guide if you are visiting one of the most recognizable landmarks in Britain.
Where to visit
A visit to one of the largest architectural wonders in the world would not be complete without scaling the interior of its Dome. Visitors get to sight-see London and the Thames in a 360-degree angle of view. The dome usually opens for sightseeing at 9.30 am. While scaling the dome’s interior, you also get a chance to witness the spectacular Whispering Gallery and feast your eyes on Thornhill’s paintings. You will also get to appreciate the architectural wonders of the sheer size of the nave. As you scale the dome’s steps, you also get to view the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery.
The cathedral is also home to several chapels. The All Soul’s Chapel is dedicated to Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, while the St. Dunstan’s Chapel is reserved for private prayers. There is also the American Memorial chapel which commemorates the death of American soldier during World War II, the Middlesex Chapel, the OBE Chapel, the Knights Bachelor Chapel, and chapels dedicated to St. George and St. Michael.
You may also want to view the Crypt, which houses tombs of notable figures such as Sir Christopher Wren, Lord Nelson, and Duke of Wellington, among others. The cathedral is also home to a large number of collections such as books and manuscripts.
A visit to one of the oldest landmarks in England will surely not disappoint. When scheduling a visit, it is important to check out the official website for more details, especially with the global pandemic’s ongoing restrictions.