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12 Superb Facts about Salisbury Cathedral

When it comes to buildings that need to be on your bucket list, this is one that’s should be at the top. Forget the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower, and turn your attention to a building that was built centuries earlier.  Now sit back and enjoy these interesting facts about Salisbury Cathedral!

1.    It Has a Shortened Name.

It was formerly known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary — quite the mouthful!

2.    The Cathedral is Historically Important.

The building is a key example of Early English architecture, and is an Anglican building.

3.    The Cathedral was a Labour of Love.

It took 38 years to complete, with work not finishing until 1258.

Inside Salisbury Cathedral

Inside Salisbury Cathedral

4.    Salisbury Cathedral is Seriously Tall.

At 404 ft (123 m) the church spire is the tallest in the UK.

5.    It Still Has its Skeleton!

The ancient wooden scaffolding was never taken down from inside the spire.

6.    It’s Not Just Tall – It’s Massive Inside.

The cloister and cathedral close measure 80 acres. This makes them the largest such spaces in Britain.

7.    It’s Been Telling the Time for Centuries.

It is home to the world’s oldest working clock, which dates from 1386!

8.    It’s a Stronghold for Important Documents.

Salisbury Cathedral also contains one of the 4 original copies of the Magna Carta.

Salilsbury Cathedral Facts

9.    Seriously – Salisbury Cathedral is REALLY Old!

2008 was the 750th anniversary of its consecration.

10. It Still Has an Important Place in the Modern Church.

It’s the seat of the Bishop of Salisbury and mother church of the Diocese of Salisbury.

Interesting facts about Salisbury Cathedral

11. It Was a Replacement Building!

The cathedral was originally a replacement for the deteriorating Old Sarum Cathedral.

12. A Date to Remember

28th April 1220 marks the day the first foundation stone was laid.

 

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