Chester Cathedral, Chester (must see)
The church was first constructed in 1093 with many additions, renovations and remodeling projects having taken place since that time. The most notable architects of the cathedral were Richard Lenginour, Nicholas de Derenford, William Rediche, Seth and George Derwall, Thomas Harrison and George Gilbert Scott. Though the church itself is considered mostly Romanesque and Gothic, it also uses elements from the most notable English medieval architecture like Norman and Perpendicular.
One of the reasons the church has been restored so many times is the use of Keiper Sandstone. This material is very popular because it is easy to make detailed carvings, which lends to the beauty of the building. Unfortunately, it is also easily damaged.
A detached bell and clock tower was added in 1975 due to difficulties in repairing the previously constructed bell tower. New bells, based off of the original ones, were recast for use in the bell tower. Only two of the older bells, both from the 17th century, were re-used in the new tower. It was somewhat controversial because it was the first detached bell tower built in England since the Reformation.
The cathedral continues to offer regular church services. It is also used for concerts and exhibitions. The cathedral has a gift shop and cafe for those who wish to spend more time enjoying the medieval atmosphere.
Why You Should Visit:
- To see one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chester
- To explore the beauty of medieval architecture
The cafe and gift shop are open from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 PM on Sundays. Visitors who wish to tour the interior of the cathedral must make advance arrangements for a 60-minute ground floor tour or a half-hour tour that ends with views from the cathedral's tower.
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