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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Winchester Cathedral

Construction of the Norman parts of Winchester Cathedral in the city of Winchester in Hampshire started in 1079. Two later periods of construction led to Winchester Cathedral's completion in its present form in 1525.

Winchester Cathedral features the oldest medieval quire in England, 12th and 13th century wall paintings, and perhaps most impressively, the "Great Screen" - the carved limestone backdrop to the high altar begun in 1455.

The Great Screen was financed by money left to the cathedral on the death of Cardinal Henry Beaufort. However the figures of saints in the niches were all destroyed in the Reformation of the 16th century and the figures we see today are 19th century copies.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is also the site of Jane Austen's grave. She was buried there in 1817 after her death at age 41 (see the image below).

Winchester Cathedral
Cathedral Office
1 The Close
S023 9LS
Tel: 01962 857200

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