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Peterborough Cathedral
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Owner description: Peterborough Cathedral is in the heart of the historic city of Peterborough, England. There has been a place of worship and prayer on the site for 1350 years, the present building approaching its 900th anniversary. With superb Gothic West Front and beautiful hand-painted wooden nave ceiling. Peterborough Cathedral is also the resting place of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon. The Cathedral was also once the resting place of Mary Queen of Scots until her body was moved to Westminster Abbey in 1612. Today it continues to be the focus for a vibrant community. It is the principle church for the Church of England diocese of Peterborough, which serves Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough. The origins of the cathedral can be traced back to King Peada of the Middle Angles who founded the first monastery on the site in 655AD. The monastic settlement was almost entirely destroyed by the Vikings in 870 and rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey between 960 and 970. The Abbey church then survived Hereward the Wake’s attack on the Abbey in 1069, and remained intact until an accidental fire destroyed the second Abbey here in 1116. It was rebuilt in its present form between 1118 and 1238. It became the Cathedral of the new Diocese of Peterborough in 1541 and it is now known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew.
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Such a beautiful place to go in Peterborough. The atmosphere outside and inside is just so warm and welcoming

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"mary queen of scots"
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"buried here"
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"beautiful building"
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"burial place"
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"painted ceiling"
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"take photos"
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"fan vaulting"
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"final resting place"
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"no charge"
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"steeped in history"
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"her son"
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"lots of history"
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"worth a visit"
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"guided tour"
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"free entry"
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"great place to visit"
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"town centre"
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Peterborough Cathedral is a most beautiful building and a fascinating history. Mary Queen of Scots was first buried here by the monks who carried her body from her place of execution at Fotheringhay castle.The spanish Queen Katherine of Aragon still lies here. But if you are visiting try and stay for a choral service, evensong normally, the choir is wonderful; the enunciation of the words, precise so you can hear every word.Dr Vann would be proud.

Thank John F
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Impressive cathedral. Very informative exhibitions, particularly Catherine of Aragon's grave. I would say you could spend 1-2 hours wandering around the place and allow an extra hour for the gardens/grounds if the sun is shining. Worth popping into the little coffee shop in the grounds as well if you fancy a change from the big Starbucks/Costa chains.

Thank Carol H
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I re-visited Peterborough Cathedral yesterday after a long gap on a bright Summer's day and was very impressed I had forgotten how large it is The central tower might not be the most impressive of English Cathedrals but once inside the sheer scale of the building is breath taking.
The current exhibition along the north aisle contains much interesting information consisting of drawings, photos and 3D models which help to explain the styles and the great lengths many people went to create this beautiful building. The staff on the door and in the well presented bookshop were helpful and welcoming. Admission is free and voluntary contributions are welcome but no where is their heavy pressure to give. The pocket guide is very well presented and at £3 may be considered expensive but a valuable memoir of youy visit cotaining many excellent photos. Please don't miss Peterborough Cathedral (and the passport office and nearby market)

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Peterborough Cathedral lost a great deal of its medieval sculpture at the Reformation and later, but it remains an incredible cathedral and has an amazing wooden ceiling and fan vaulting. Remember to look up when you visit!

Thank ArtandArtefacts
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