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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published November 14th 2011

There had to come a time when I had to tell you a little bit about the grandaddy of them all, and let's face it, London wouldn't be the same without it. Of course I'm talking about St. Paul's.

The cathedral sitting on the site currently is the fifth incarnation since 604, and was built over a period of 35 years from 1675, replacing the previous edifice which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

The reason why it is so beloved of Londoners, and the British nation as a whole, is due to its close associations with royalty - it is the place the Queen has celebrated her jubilees, as did Queen Victoria before her, and of course, many will remember it as the place Prince Charles made Lady Diana the Princess of Wales in 1981.

This Christopher Wren-designed cathedral is truly majestic, and possibly one of the easiest buildings to recognise in the whole of the London skyline, it's dome stands at an impressive 111.3 metres high, making it still one of the largest cathedral domes in the world. For those willing to tackle its stairs to the top, they will be rewarded with one of the most spectacular views of the city due to its prime location.

As well as the stunning outside, the interior is just as special, in fact if not more so, with mosaics and paintings depicting the life of St. Paul.

As well as being a place of worship, and a prime location for tourists, the cathedral doesn't sit solely in the past. From time to time art by contemporary artists such as Antony Gormley and Yoko Ono can be seen within the walls of the building, thanks to it's Arts Programme.

So, come along and enjoy one of the jewels in London's crown, and don't forget your camera, you will find it very difficult to take a bad picture of this remarkable building.

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Why? Because London's skyline wouldn't be the same without it
When: Depending on your reason for visiting - for tourists generally 8.38am - 4pm Monday - Saturday
Where: Saint Paul's Cathedral The Chapter House , Saint Paul's Church Yard, London EC4M 8AD
Cost: 12.50 adults/ 4.50 children
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