Paul's replaced a
medieval cathedral destroyed in fire. The great
dome, supported by a colonnaded drum, which is turn rests on eight
piers, is the most important architectural feature of this cathedral.
is crowned by a stone cupola (a lantern carrying a ball and cross). It
feet high and 131 feet in diameter. It excels event the dome designed
Michelangel for St. Peter's in Rome. The dome itself is actually three
The inner most is visible from inside the church. The next built over
not visible, is of brick and supports the cupola and also supports the
dome built of timber and covered with lead.
outside St. Pauls
appears to have two storeys. The main entrance
has a two storeyed portico with two sets of columns. On top of the
the sculpture showing the conversion of St. paul. On either side of the
is a beautiful campanile (a smaller tower). The north campanile
Cathedral Bells and the south one is a clock tower. The fine Choir
organ case are all made by the great wood-carver Grinling Gibbons and
beautiful wrought iron grilles by the Jean Tijon.