The original wooden Cathedral, built in 604AD, was dedicated to St Paul by Ethelbert, England’s first king to convert to Christianity from paganism. This Cathedral and three further Cathedrals built on this site were all destroyed by fire.
After the Great Fire of London in 1666 Wren was commissioned to design the cathedral we see today, the 5th St Paul's on this site. For many years the 365ft cathedral was the tallest building in London. Its famous dome, which was inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, is still the 3rd largest church dome in the world.