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Cathedral Church of Christ & St. Mary the Virgin (Durham City)

Cathedral Church of Christ & St Mary the Virgin, Durham 2000
Cathedral Church of Christ & St Mary the Virgin, Durham 2000

Durham Cathedral 2000
Durham Cathedral 2000

Durham Cathedral 2004
Durham Cathedral 2004

Durham Cathedral 2004
Durham Cathedral 2004

Cathedral - detail 2004
Cathedral - detail 2004

Durham [Cathedral] is of great historical and architectural importance. It is one of the most significant churches in the country and is a World Heritage Site.

The main body of the church was built between 1083 and 1130 by Bishop William of St Callais. The Galilee was added in 1189 for Bishop Puiset and the west tower tops, east bay and the Chapel of the 9 altars date to the mid-13th century. There were further additions in the 15th century and restoration was carried out the late 18th and early and mid-19th centuries by important architects, including Ignatius Bonomi. (1)

Memorials: the cathedral contains many features dedicated as war memorials, from architectural components such as chapels and stained glass windows, to commemorative plaques and decorations in memory of individual soldiers (2-8).

This is a Grade I Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law.

Reference number:D34884
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1161023
World Heritage Site
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1000089

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Durham City


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