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Reviewed today

Attended Lord Mayors Show and found out that St Paul was free to visit. I missed the church on my last trip so this was special. Church was packed, no doubt, but plenty of areas to visit without crowding. Glad I had the time to visit. Did I mention, visit was free?

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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful and humbling are the two words that most readily come to mind. If you are a brave soul, and in shape, walked the very narrow staircases up to the top of the cathedral. Be advised this is not for the weak or faint hearted! That you will be rewarded with a view of the city that is stunning. Inside the church you will experience beauty and grandeur that is almost undescribable. If you take the tour you will discover Insights into the history of this magnificent facility. I especially enjoyed the American World War II wing. Spend the time studying stained glass windows in this particular wing.

1  Thank Sasmo17
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Reviewed yesterday

Spectacular cathedral. The highlight is seeing the tombs of Nelson and Wellington and even better, climbing to the Whispering Gallery and carrying on to the top of St Paul's dome, the Golden Gallery for great views of London. Not an easy climb of about 500 steps so beware.

1  Thank TravelingSoccerLoon
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Reviewed yesterday

One would like to have a guide summarizing the reasons for this aesthetic debacle. From the outside, the relation between the different floors and the cupola is so regular that it is dull. The inside confirms that the inspiration had been on the likes of Sangallo, but the attempt to open several levels to the public seems to lead to horizontal lines lacking the consistency and blurring vertical ones as well as the ability to follow the construction. Pevsner, London, 1, 3rd edition, p. 132, describes an example: as "the spaces between all openings are low compared with the giant arches he" (Wren) "needed to carry his dome, he gave these niches their own arches". The paintings, in turn, are partially of the horizontal focus typical for the 18th century, static.
Pevsner, remark about the domed space, namely that "some Baroque intricacies" were "not wholly" "aesthetically successful" (same place) is valid for the whole. …

Thank Dr_Max_Gutbrod
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Its easy to find in London right by the St Paul's tube. A little expensive £16 to get in but we had Tesco vouchers. The inside is really beautiful. Just looking up at the dome is amazing. Lots of famous people buried here including Nelson an Sir Christopher Wren. You can go up the steps to the whispering gallery which isn't too bad a climb but the other 2 galleries are more difficult. It was a shame it was a misty day because couldn't get photos from the top. No photos allowed in the Cathedral. There is a cafe and shop and toilets. Spent about 2 hours there. Would recommend.

Thank licoricejen
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Ok 252 approx steps to the whispering gallery, 190+ to the stone gallery and 290+ to the Golden gallery. I stopped at the stone but my partner went all the way.

The church is beautiful and holds the burial place of many famous people including Wellington and J.M. Turner.

It also has the most beautiful preRaphilite painting "The light of the world" which is stunning in real life.

The whisper gallery is a wonderful place to look down from the edge of the dome on to the nave and up at the paintings. It has the amazing effect of caring your whispers around the edge to others.

The stone Gallery is outside and gives an astounding view of of London and across the buildings through the large decorative rails. I was done by then.
The steps are narrow and winding. My knees were sore so I sat and enjoyed the site.

My partner went up. He was buzzing when he came down having walked the steps up between the cone that supports the smaller internal dome and the larger outside dome. Seeing how it all comes together was awesome. It is a climb on an ironwork spiral staircase once you are inside.

St Pauls is a great place to visit.

2  Thank Jill C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent place to go for a touch of history, beauty and views. We did the steps all the way to the upper outside area. What a view.

1  Thank JerryK787
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Really the only downfall of this site is that you have to pay to go in, unless you're attending for worship purposes (I believe), and you can't take pictures of the interior. This place is absolutely, ridiculously stunning inside, and embedding the images into my memory is difficult when it's so tempting to snap a picture and solidify it. There are a lot of memorials in this structure, so take your time to absorb them.
I would really recommend visiting the crypt. The tombs for Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington are really lovely, but there are many other people to be recognized down there. The architect of the cathedral (and several other structures in London), Sir Christopher Wren, is buried here. His tomb is not ornate or insane, but the Latin inscription, "Reader, if you seek a monument, look around," is a pretty awesome way to memorialize the man and his architectural genius.
I would also recommend taking in the surrounding environment outside the cathedral - this building has survived so much, and you can try to build ugly modern buildings around it, but St. Paul's will always overtake them. In fact, you can see it in many parts of London. It is always looming. Another site among many in London which humbles each of us.

1  Thank SarahJ4955
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So many memories so many love and positive feelings on that area!❤️ You feel happy and calm here. Can make you belive that all your wishes will come true.✨Very good energetic vibes and sophistacated view from top restaurant.

Thank aytanh2016
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolutely incredible. An absolute, non-negotiable must see. Be sure to take the time to see the Whispering Gallery, and be sure to keep on climbing........and bring your camera. I did not and regret it mightily.

Be smart; go early in the morning on a weekday.

1  Thank John H
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