The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Salisbury
Salisbury Cathedral is a unique example of medieval English cathedrals as the main body was built in only 38 years (1220-1258) and in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The cathedral has Britains tallest Spire (123 m – 404 ft), the tower and spire were added about 50 years after the completion of the main church building. Visitors are able to take a “Tower Tour” where the interior of the hollow spire, with its ancient wood scaffolding, can be viewed. Other notable features of this beautiful cathedral are its cloister and cathedral close, which at 80 acres, are the largest in Britain, it contains the world’s oldest working clock from AD 1386 and the best surviving copy of the Magna Carta. In 2008, the cathedral celebrated the 750th anniversary of its consecration in 1258.
But it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Official Website : www.salisburycathedral.org.uk
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