Latest BBC story: St Paul’s Cathedral ‘more than a big white building’

Its dome is internationally recognisable. It has hosted some of the most important moments in British history, from the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill to the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

But despite its 1,400 years of history, it is the four-month period when protesters pitched tents outside in the name of subverting corporate greed that most recently shoved St Paul’s Cathedral into the public glare.

Images of Occupy London campers outside the vast white Portland stone Baroque frontage were beamed around the world.

“People think it is just a nice big white building”, says Graham Way, 52, a volunteer.

“It is, but there’s a lot more going on. It’s not a great white elephant by any manner of means.”

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