Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral - photograph


This noble Cathedral is the third largest church in Christendom, being only surpassed he St. Peter's at Rome and the Cathedral at Milan. The old Cathedral was burnt in 1666, and the fist stone of the one designed by Sir Christopher Wren was laid in 1675, divine service being celebrated twenty-two years later. The great architect is buried in the east end of the crypt. The building cost, according to Milman, 736,750, and not only was it virtually completed by one architect and under one bishop, but the same master-builder who laid the first stone also laid that crowning the cupola. The great dome is 112 feet in diameter, 27 feet less than that oI St. Peter's. The Cathedral is 500 feet in length, and the height to the top of the cross from the road is 370 feet.