St. Paul’s Cathedral
It is impossible to imagine London’s skyline without the white dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral towering over modern skyscrapers.
The cathedral is peaceful and thrilling at the same time. The huge open space inside gives a feeling of serenity and encourages contemplation. Once you enter start at the Nave and walk up to the Altar to admire its mosaics. Look up to see the paintings of famous English painter James Thornhill and find Henry Moore’s famous artwork “Mother and Child”. If the service is not on you can always find a quiet place to pray in St. Dunstan’s Chapel which is open throughout the day.
The cathedral is famous for its dome so walk up 259 steps to the Whispering Gallery which has such quirky acoustics that the whisper against its walls is heard on the opposite side of the dome. If you have the stamina go further up to the Stone Gallery and even further to the Golden Gallery which has an open deck and unveils magnificent views of London.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is not just one of the most magnificent examples of architecture and design, it is also the burial place of various influential Britons like Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and the architect of St. Paul’s Sir Christopher Wren.
Excellent audio-visual guide is included in the ticket price and is easy to use as you can swap and change what parts you want to listen to. Because of this you can complete the tour in whatever order and pace suits you.