gateway-newest-black-roof-WWW CroppedThe Virtual St Paul’s Cathedral Project will enable us to experience worship and preaching at St Paul’s Cathedral and in Paul’s Churchyard as events that unfold over time and on particular occasions in London in the early seventeenth century.

In time, this site will host a visual model of St Paul’s Cathedral and the surrounding churchyard, together with a recreation of worship for Easter Sunday 1624, with all the liturgical events of the day, including choir and organ music plus a sermon in the morning by Bishop Lancelot Andrewes and a sermon in the afternoon by John Donne, Dean of the cathedral.

For now, the site hosts the first phase of this project, the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project, which has already been completed. This Project provides the experience of hearing John Donne’s sermon for Gunpowder Day, November 5th, 1622 in Paul’s Churchyard, the specific physical location for which it was composed.

The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project received the John Donne Society’s  Award for Distinguished Publication in 2013.


The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project also received the Award for Best DH Data Visualization from DH Awards in 2014.

To explore the cathedral and its churchyard on this website, go directly to Visual Model.

To see the visual model from several angles, go to Fly Around the Visual Model.  To explore Paul’s Churchyard as an acoustic space, go directly to Acoustics

To hear Donne’s full sermon, go directly to Hearing the Sermon. To explore the audibility of the sermon, go directly to Audibility.

To learn about John Donne, the preacher, go directly to Preacher.  To learn about the script for the sermon, go directly to Developing the Script. To learn about the occasion for the sermon, go directly to the Order of Service.

The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project has now been installed in the Teaching and Visualization Lab at NC State’s James B. Hunt Library. This Installation uses the Lab’s array of 10 projectors and 21 speakers to provide a 270 degree seamless wraparound image of Paul’s Churchyard, as well as immersive surround sound for the audio portion of the installation.