A masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren. St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the largest and well-known churches in the world. Did I mention the architecture? Although the cathedral is stunning from the outside, the true beauty lies on the inside. Photos and videos are not allowed once inside the building, but you do get a reward once you climb the very top!
The cathedral was the tallest building in London until 1962 when the BT Tower was built
Once you receive your tickets you’ll be presented with an audio guide. The first thing you’ll notice is the breaktaking view located in The Nave, which stretches down the central aisle. If you look up you can see the stunning domed ceiling surrounded by mosaic art. The Grand Organ is the third largest organ in the UK which is estimated to have 7,189 pipes, five keyboards and 138 organ stops. The High Altar was covered in marble and gilded oak.. This is something I could stare at all day.
There are three galleries to choose from. Climb 257 steps and you will find The Whispering Gallery. Press your ear against the wall and you will hear a gentle whisper from the other side. Climb 376 steps and you will reach the second destination known as The Stone Gallery. This will take you outside the cathedral where you can get a nice glimpse of the city. Finally, climb 528 stairs and you will be rewarded to an endless panoramic view of London at The Golden Gallery.
The highest point of St Paul’s Cathedral
There are two ways to experience St Paul’s Cathedral. Captivate the art within the walls or see beyond the horizon. If you’re feeling ambiguous like me I’d say “try both”.
Fun Fact –The two largest bells in St Paul’s are named Great Tom and Great Paul.