Three entire centuries have gone by since the passing of Sir Christopher Wren, the pioneering architect of one of London’s most iconic buildings and best-loved monuments: St Paul’s Cathedral. In honour of his remarkable life and work, visitors are invited to step inside the cathedral to see his masterpiece up close, whilst discovering more about Wren’s life and lesser-known works in this exciting exhibition, Wren 300: Innovation and Restoration.
A truly unique opportunity to discover more about the creation and construction of St Paul’s, the exhibition will allow visitors to explore and admire the cathedral in its entirety. Wander around the Whispering Gallery, take a tour of the Crypt, and gaze out across London atop the 111m-high Golden Gallery.
Rising from the ashes of the old cathedral which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, Wren’s innovative vision combined old stone with new techniques to rebuild and restore St Paul’s into the architectural masterpiece that we know and love. It’s said that Wren rebuilt 52 churches in the aftermath of the Great Fire but St Paul’s Cathedral was, of course, his largest triumph.
Throughout his lifetime, Wren turned his hand to a wide variety of subjects including mathematics, physiology and astronomy; the exhibition will deep-dive into the early stages of Wren’s life and profession, whilst showcasing his lesser-recognised success in his other fields.
The cathedral and its architectural excellence has influenced many buildings across the globe and Wren’s legacy continues to inspire and amaze the millions of people who visit St Paul’s Cathedral each year.
Tickets for Wren 300: Innovation and Restoration are available here.
St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD.
Nearest station is St Paul’s.