The Norman French, who had recently conquered Britain, were determined to create the longest Christian church in the world. St. Paul's Cathedral was finished in 1240. The cathedral was consecrated in 1300 - more than 200 years after it was started.
Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the country became less respectful towards the established Church. Many places of worship became run down and Old St Paul's was no exception. Horses were stabled in the chancel. The nave was used as a marketplace and a road ran through the transepts. When the monarchy was restored in 1660, the new King, Charles II, threw out the traders and began to return the scarred cathedral to its former status. Just 35 years later the cathedral was finished, making it the first English Cathedral to be completed in the lifetime of the original architect. Standing over 355 feet in height the Cathedral is constructed from stone that was chosen for its good carving and weathering qualities brought all the way from the royal quarries on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Nelson's tomb, Wellington's tomb and Christopher Wren's tomb are all in the crypt. Charles and Diana were also married at St. Paul's.