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The Three Magnificent Cathedrals You Should Visit in the UK

The Three Magnificent Cathedrals You Should Visit in the UK

The UK is home to many wonders and a dream destination for many tourists. Also, the three spire cathedrals are a dreamland for those lucky to have visited them. Get enchanted as you read about them, but even more fulfilled as you visit these top paradises in the UK.

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is located in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. It’s the only medieval three-spired cathedral in the UK. Lichfield Diocese covers part of West Midlands, Black Country, much of Shropshire and all of Stafford. Michael Ipgrave is the 99th and current Bishop of Lichfield.

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The Cathedral has been dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Chad.

Chad moved his See from Repton to Lichfield shortly after he was made Bishop of Mercia in 669AD. Lichfield was regarded as a holy site. This is because it was a scene of martyrdom during the Roman period. The first cathedral was built in 700AD by Bishop Hedda to house the bones of St Chad.

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The wooden Saxon church stayed from 1025 all through the 12th century. It was later replaced by a Norman cathedral carved from stone. Beginning of 1195, the Norman cathedral was replaced by the Gothic cathedral. The construction of the Lady Chapel then completed it during the 1330s. The cathedral’s choir dates back to 1200 when it was started. The Nave began in 1260 while the Transepts from 1220 to 1240.

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The Octagonal Chapter House, which is one of the most magnificent architectural structures of the Cathedral, containssome appealing stone carvings. It houses an exhibition of the Cathedrals greatest treasure, an 8th-century illuminated manuscript, known as the Lichfield Gospels. Here you will see a medieval wall painting, the Lichfield Angel and the great Herkenrode stained glass.

St Mary’s Cathedral

Also referred to as Cathedral Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, St Marys Cathedral is of the Scottish Episcopal Church of Edinburg, Scotland. It was established in the late 19th century. The Cathedral is under the Bishop of Edinburg, who is one of the seven bishops in the Episcopal Church. It is part of the Anglican Communion.

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It was previously referred to as St Giles’ Cathedral. Sir George Gilbert Scott designed the cathedral in a Gothic style. The foundation stone was laid on 21st May 1874 by Queensberry and the Duke of Buccleuch. A bottle containing a copy of the Trust Deed, Oliver and Boyd’s Almanac, newspapers, coins, and Edinburgh Post Office Directory was placed inside the foundation stone. The twin spires, known as Mary and Barbara named after the Walker sisters, were built between 1913 and 1917. The architect was Charles Marriot Oldrid Scott who was Sir George’s grandson. The builder was known as Edwin C. Morgan.

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Following the Glorious revolution in 1689, Presbyterianism was reinstated in place of episcopacy. The cathedral came under the established Church’s ministry. Many Episcopalians were left without a cathedral in Edinburgh. Part of the Episcopal members went without a cathedral worshipped in an old woolen mill near the present Old Saint Pauls Church. It was used as a pro-cathedral until the early 19th century when the church of St Paul took over.

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The Cathedral is protected as a category A building. It is also part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Truro Cathedral

It is also known as the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Church of England located inTruro. It was constructed between 1180 and 1910 in a Gothic make by John Loughborough Pearson. It’s one of the only three-spired cathedrals in the UK.

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Truro Diocese got instituted in December 1876. Edward White consecrated on 25th April 1877 at St Pauls Cathedral and became its first bishop. Its construction began in 1880. Truro Cathedral became the only cathedral to be built in England, from the time Salisbury Cathedral was built in 1220. It got built where a 16th-century church of St Mary the Virgin was located previously. It was later demolished in October of 1880, leaving the south aisle.

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The design combines some early English style plus some French features, mainly the rose windows and the spires. Truro cathedral resembles the Lincoln cathedral because Pearson had been hired as Lincoln Cathedrals architect as well. The spire and central tower are 250 feet high, while the western towers stand at 200 feet. Four kinds of stones were used. Namely, St Stephens granite used for the interior, Mabe granite was used for the exterior and Polyphant and Bath for the shafts. The turret roofs and spires are made out of stone. Only a spire at the west of St Mary Aisle is made of copper. The other roofs were made of slate.

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When you think of visiting the UK, these three cathedrals should be your first destination. They are sure to leave you with a combination of rich mind, a refreshed spirit, and a fulfilled heart. The cathedrals themselves are a magnificent sight to behold.

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