That every visitor to this great cathedral must first pass through cash registers - manned, at times, by vergers in cassocks - only to be greeted immediately by a collection of souvenir stands, is distressing. But I was more sorely disappointed to find that this commercial activity continues throughout evensong itself; the concomitant hubbub from the west end destroys any reverential atmosphere and is unworthy of St Paul's.
I am not convinced that the admission charge is motivated solely by the necessity to 'make provision for the flood of visitors'. From the experience of this past week, it is obvious that the authorities are unwilling to take the steps necessary to keep the tourist traffic from intruding upon the very worship services for which, after all, the building was erected.
ROBERT W. ULERY
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
10 AugustReuse content