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St Pauls Cathedral

Sir Christopher Wren's Masterpiece

St Pauls Cathedral and it's world famous Dome is an iconic aspect of the London skyline and in fact occupies the highest point in the City of London. A spiritual focus for the nation since it's first service in 1697. Quite a number of significant events have taken place within it's walls including the State funerals of Lord Nelson,the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill, to the enchanting wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer. Other memorable proceedings held at St. Pauls Cathedral are the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars.

The launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Royal Family holds most of its important marriages, christenings and funerals at Westminster Abbey.

St Paul's Cathedral is still an active working church, with hourly prayer and daily services. It is by and large reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, all having been built on the same site since 604 A.D. The cathedral is one of London's most well known and most recognisable sights. Towering at 365 feet (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. The pinnacle of any trip to st Pauls has to be the winding journey up the spiral staircase to the whispering Gallery,to sample it's unique audio effects before travelling up and out to the stone and Golden Galleries,which afford a panoramic view of London that is simply amazing. St Pauls Cathedral is the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren.

What's the difference between a church and a cathedral? The cathedral is a much larger place of worship than a church and is run by a bishop. ... A church is run by a group of clergymen or priests. The bishop usually resides on the cathedral premises.

What is St Paul's Cathedral famous for? The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1963. The dome remains among the highest in the world.

Who is buried in St Paul's Cathedral? Admiral Lord Nelson is buried here. It's a very impressive sight. Other famous tombs in the cathedral include Sir Christopher Wren, John Donne and Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington.

Who was the first person to be buried at St Paul's Cathedral? When Christopher Wren died in 1723 he became the first person to be buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.

How long did it take to rebuild St Paul's cathedral? In 1668, Christopher Wren - still only in his thirties - was invited to submit proposals for a new St Paul's to replace the medieval cathedral destroyed in the Great Fire of London. It was the greatest building project of the age, taking a decade to design and 40 years to build.

What makes St Paul's cathedral Baroque? Sir Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral, Baroque characteristics: West façade is a two-storey classical portico with a giant order and two side towers. West façade has six paired columns on the ground floor and four smaller pairs above which create a visual progression and movement to the triangular pediment above.

Who painted St. Paul's cathedral ceiling?James Thornhill In the summer of 1715, the English artist James Thornhill and a small team of assistants began painting the inner dome, or cupola, of St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London

How many steps are there to the top of St Paul's cathedral?528 steps It's filled with impressive sights and artwork on the ground floor and historic monuments in the crypt alongside a revolving temporary display (and cafe!) But also you can scale it, climbing 528 steps to have a look out on a glorious view of London.

Which city has 2 cathedrals? Liverpool is blessed with two cathedrals – one Catholic, one Anglican – and as well as contrasting in styles, they are both unique in other ways.

Which city has 3 cathedrals?Coventry Coventry - the only city with three Cathedrals.

What is the smallest cathedral in Britain? The Cathedral of The Isles and Collegiate Church The Cathedral of The Isles and Collegiate Church of the Holy Spirit is Britain's smallest Cathedral and dates from 1851. Planned as a theological college for the Scottish Episcopal Church, it was seen as a “new” Iona, and in 1876 was consecrated Cathedral of the Isles.

What religion are cathedrals? Cathedral, in Christian churches that have an episcopal form of church government, the church in which a residential bishop has his official seat or throne, the cathedra.

Why is Westminster Abbey not a cathedral? After 1560 the building was no longer an abbey or a cathedral, after the Catholics had been driven out by King Henry VIII, having instead been granted the status of a Church of England "Royal Peculiar"—a church responsible directly to the sovereign—by Queen Elizabeth I.

What's the difference between an abbey and a cathedral? An abbey is headed by the Abbot and or the Abbess while the cathedral is led by the bishop. An abbey is more of a monastery while a cathedral is more of a church. An abbey is built to serve varied functions compared to cathedrals that are primarily for worshipping only.

Who built Westminster Cathedral?John Francis Bentley John Francis Bentley was an English ecclesiastical architect whose most famous work is the Westminster Cathedral in London, England, built in a style heavily influenced by Byzantine architecture.

Why were cathedrals built so high? Waging a constant battle against gravity, master masons, who both designed and built these cathedrals, wanted to create as much uninterrupted vertical space as possible in their stone structures. These soaring heights provided a dramatic interior which served to reinforce the power of the church.

Why is Downton abbey called an abbey? The sprawling estate—home to the aristocratic Crawley family and their household staff—was once an ecclesiastical property, hence the "abbey" in the title. In fact, their fictional digs sub for the actual Highclere Castle west of London, on grounds nearly 20 percent larger than NYC's Central Park.

What are the two main types of cathedrals? Early medieval architects built cathedrals in the Romanesque style, and then later (beginning about 1100 AD) they built cathedrals in the Gothic style.

What is the front of a cathedral called? nave, central and principal part of a Christian church, extending from the entrance (the narthex) to the transepts (transverse aisle crossing the nave in front of the sanctuary in a cruciform church) or, in the absence of transepts, to the chancel (area around the altar).

What is the chancel used for in a church? The east end of a church, traditionally the place where the high altar is located. Chancels may have seating for a choir, and there may be small chambers off the chancel, such as a vestry, an 'office space' for the priest. Chancels were often dominated by a large east window above and behind the altar.

What is the room behind the altar called?sacristy Sacristy, also called vestry, in architecture, room in a Christian church in which vestments and sacred objects used in the services are stored and in which the clergy and sometimes the altar boys and the choir members put on their robes.

What is the space underneath a church called? A crypt (from Latin crypta "vault") is a stone chamber beneath the floor of a church or other building. It typically contains coffins, sarcophagi, or religious relics.

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