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Friday01 August 2014

St Paul's Cathedral restored to former glory

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Wren’s Grade I-listed cathedral has been scaffolded for 15 years

The long-running £40 million clean-up of St Paul’s Cathedral in London has been finished, leaving the building free from scaffolding for the first time in 15 years.

The culmination of the project, which has seen Christopher Wren’s masterpiece restored inside and out, coincides with the 300th anniversary of the cathedral being declared complete by Parliament.

Martin Stancliffe, surveyor to the fabric, who has overseen the restoration project, said: “It has been a privilege – and an extraordinary experience - to have led the team of professionals, craftsmen and conservators who have contributed so much to this transforming project.

“This great building is now in a sound state, and probably looks better than at any time since its completion in 1711.”

To celebrate, St Paul’s is running a photography competition, with the ten winning images set to be displayed in the cathedral crypt.

To enter, upload exterior shots of the building to the Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/stpaulslondon by 16 July.

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