Top 5 Facts: St Paul’s Cathedral

Lord Nelson

After Lord Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1804 he was buried in the centre of the crypt directly beneath the crossing and dome.

Duke of Wellington

In 1852, 1 million people watched the duke of Wellington’s funeral procession to St Paul’s before he was interred in the crypt in luxulyanite sarcophagus.

Attempted bombing

In 1913, suffragettes – in an attempt to bring attention to their cause – planted a bomb under the Bishop’s throne in the choir. Luckily, it was defused before it exploded.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill’s state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on 30 January 1965 was the first to be broadcast to the nation on both radio and television.

The Royal wedding

Charles, Prince of Wales, married Lady Diana Spencer on 2 July 1981 after which St Paul’s became one of the most visited churches in England.