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Friday, January 21, 2011

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral (aka The Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity) has been a place of Christian worship for over 1300 years, since Osric, an Anglo-Saxon prince, founded a religious house here in 678-9 AD.

In 1072, King William I appointed Serlo, a monk from Mont St Michel in Normandy to be its Abbot. Serlo built up the wealth of the monastery so that in 1089 he was able to start building the splendid abbey church which the visitor sees today. King Henry III was crowned here in 1216.

Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral showcases all the periods of medieval church architecture, but its two main building phases – Romanesque and Perpendicular, are of the most importance. The nave (see below) was a Romanesque construction probably completed around 1130.

Gloucester Cathedral
The Presbytery of Gloucester Cathedral (see below) features the Great East Window which was the largest window in the world when it was installed and is still the largest stained glass window in England. The window dates from around 1350.

Gloucester Cathedral
The cloisters (see below) at Gloucester Cathedral feature fan-vaulted ceilings which are believed to have been invented here in the 1350s. Gloucester Cathedral has been used as a location for filming the first, second and sixth Harry Potter films.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral is located on College Green in central Gloucester. Visitors to Gloucester Cathedral may also want to visit nearby Snowshill Manor or Chedworth Roman Villa.

Gloucester Cathedral
12 College Green
Tel: 01452 528095

Gloucester Cathedral Map

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