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St Paul's Cathedral

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St Paul's Cathedral

Is this an icon?


St Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s isn’t just a place of worship. Over the years it’s become a symbol of a nation where events like the funeral of Lord Nelson, peace services marking the end of the first and second world wars and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer have been held.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1710 after the Great Fire of London destroyed its predecessor, it stands on Ludgate Hill on the north bank of the river Thames. At 108 metres high, it maintains a dramatic presence on the capital’s skyline and has one of the largest domes in the world.

Inside, the organ which Mendelssohn once played is still being used and visitors can also see the Crypt, Ambulatory and the famous Whispering Gallery where whispered words can be heard over 30 metres away. The Crypt houses the tombs of some of Britain's most famous heroes – from Wren himself, to the Duke of Wellington and the scientist Alexander Fleming.

Photo: Ted Davis


Your comments

It typifies the genius of Christopher Wren; the proud resurgence of London after the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz in 1940; the memorial to some England's greatest.


The aspect that I find iconic for St Paul's is the image of the Cathedral with crossed seachlights above it. This is THE image of the Blitz and the Battle of Britain, but does that make it a British icon rather than an English one?
Richard McConnell

It's one of London's most attractive landmark's, and it was good enough for Mary Poppins!
Carrie Anderson

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My nomination is the garden shed.