"Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting… As an enduring monument to human skill and inventiveness, the Cathedral speaks powerfully of heritage and history"
The cathedral was begun in 1094 and largely completed within 40 years, although it was added to periodically over the centuries after
Positioned high on a peninsular on a loop of the river Wear, the cathedral was built in a defensible place by the founding monks. Although this makes access today slightly difficult, it does give the cathedral superb views across Durham and the nearby countryside- as well as making the cathedral rise magnificently out of the town. It is therefore one of the North of England’s most famous landmarks.
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