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“Outstanding cathedral with the grave of Catherine of Aragon”

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 31 May 2018

It may not be the tallest cathedral I've ever visited but the architecture is just fantastic, particularly in the area at the far end behind the altar where there is an amazing fan vaulted roof. The grave of Catherine of Aragon is here too.

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"mary queen of scots"
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"buried here"
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"beautiful building"
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"resting place"
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"painted ceiling"
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"take photos"
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"fan vaulting"
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"steeped in history"
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"no charge"
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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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"walk around"
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"great place to visit"
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"town centre"
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Such a beautiful place to visit. Very intricate carved woodwork. Amazing carved stone as well. Incredible to thing that it's been here for so long. Great place to stop in for half hour to an hour.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Well worth a wander around ,interesting place if your having a day visiting Peterborough,just look up at the roof and wonder how they built places like this, amazing.

Thank RonW66
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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic place to visit. The staff were helpful and the information on display was highly educational. Completely free to get into however the Cathedral asks for those who want to take photos to pay £3. Would definitely recommend to others.

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Reviewed 25 May 2018

This has to be the must see attraction in Peterborough, it’s heritage is something to be witnessed, exceptional architecture.

Thank P44cka
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