Durham Cathedral

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Durham, Co. Durham, UK; from 1096

The cathedral at Durham was an experimental structure that reached its present appearance after various initiatives that reshaped the building over several hundred years. It was the most monumental European cathedral of its time, taking up the challenge to rival the vaults left behind by the Romans. The original building had an apse at its east end, where the body of St Cuthbert – an inspirational local saint – was buried.

Its great monumentality was made possible by the great wealth available to its creators, deriving from the cult of Cuthbert and from Durham’s military importance. From the time ...

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