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        8:00am Eucharist
        8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
        8:30am Morning Prayer
        12:30pm Eucharist
        4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
        5:00pm Evening Prayer

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        • 604

          The first St Paul's is built and consecrated

          The first St Paul's is built and consecrated

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          The first wooden church dedicated to St Paul's is built by Mellitus, Bishop of the East Saxons. It burns down in 675 and is rebuilt soon after.

           

        • 962

          The third St Paul's built in stone

          The third St Paul's built in stone

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          The second St Paul's  is destroyed by the Vikings before a new, third church is built in stone.
        • 1087

          After more destruction the Cathedral is rebuilt by the Normans

          After more destruction the Cathedral is rebuilt by the Normans

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          Following another fire the Cathedral is rebuilt by the Normans, who are determined to create the longest and tallest Christian church in the world. It is finished in 1240.

        • 1400

          King Richard II's body is brought to St Paul's

          King Richard II's body is brought to St Paul's

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          Having been starved to death in captivity after his overthrow by Henry IV, King Richard II's body is put on display in St Paul's.
        • 1422

          King Henry V's body is brought to St Paul's

          King Henry V's body is brought to St Paul's

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          Following his death in France, great warrior king, Henry V's body lies in state at St Paul's.
        • 1471

          King Henry VI's body is brought to St Paul's

          King Henry VI's body is brought to St Paul's

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          After his death in captivity at the Tower of London, King Henry VI's body is displayed at St Paul's. He is buried at Chertsey Abbey, before later being re-interred in Windsor.
        • 1501

          Katherine of Aragon marries Prince Arthur

          Katherine of Aragon marries Prince Arthur

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          Heir to the English throne, Prince Arthur, marries Katherine of Aragon at St Paul's. Arthur dies before becoming king and Katherine goes on to marry his younger brother, the future King Henry VIII.

        • 1512

          St Paul's School is founded

          St Paul's School is founded

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          St Paul's School is founded by the Cathedral's Dean, John Colet. Erasmus, a friend of Colet, writes textbooks for the school. Colet is Dean of St Paul's from 1505 until his death. 
        • 1526

          William Tyndale's English Bible is burned

          William Tyndale's English Bible is burned

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          The Bishop of London speaks out against William Tyndale's English translation of the Bible and copies are burned at St Paul's. One of three remaining copies is still housed at the Cathedral.
        • 1517

          Evil May Day Riots sweep London

          Evil May Day Riots sweep London

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          Turning against wealthy foreigners, Londoners riot across the city, with St Paul's at the centre of the troubles as a place where vitriolic speeches are made.