A History of St. Pauls Cathedral.
The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.
Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.Since the first service was held here in 1697, Wren's masterpiece has been where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Important services have included the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the launch of the Festival of Britain; the Service of Remembrance and Commemoration for the 11th September 2001: the 80th and 100th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. "God Bless Us, Every One!" - Tiny Tim*, A Christmas Carol. Added to Quicklis Click on this image above and turn up your speakers very loud. Added to Quicklist Click here for immediate anger gratification. WARNING! A clip of the one and only Tiny Tim* and his rare holiday classic "Santa Claus had got the aids", certainly THE most tasteless tune ever sung! Unless you are a willing anger junkie, just give this one a pass.... Added to Quicklist