England Churches and Monasteries Part II

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool
The Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool was built of steel and concrete in the 1960s and impresses with its large, colored windows. It resembles a huge tent and is therefore called “Paddy’s Wigwam” by the locals.

Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool
The Anglican Cathedral is only a few hundred meters away and is even eleven years younger than the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. It is the largest church in England and the fifth largest in the world. The church tower is 100 meters high and the heaviest bell in the world, weighing four tons, rings in it.

Fountains Abbey in Liverpol
Six kilometers south of the city of Ripon is the Fountains Abbey. It is a particularly well-preserved ruin of a Cistercian abbey from the 12th century. It is located in a huge park area, Studley Park, which is crossed by the River Skull and invites you to take wonderful walks.

Ely Cathedral Ely
Cathedral is truly majestic and the center of the city. Its construction began as early as 1081 after a monastery had stood on the same site since the 7th century. The octagonal church tower, which is unique in England, is particularly interesting from an architectural point of view.

Peterborough Cathedral
One of the most impressive cathedrals in England is located in Peterborough, about 40 km northwest of Cambridge.

Medieval Winchester Cathedral
In the center of the city of Winchester is the longest medieval cathedral in Europe, surrounded by a park. It combines a wide variety of architectural styles up to the late Gothic. In addition to numerous Saxon and Norman kings, the English writer Jane Austen is also buried inside. A simple plaque commemorates them. The Norman crypt is also particularly worth seeing; she is considered the most beautiful in England

Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury
Cathedral was built in the early 13th century and is considered to be the finest of its era. The steeple is the tallest in England at 123 m. One of the four surviving copies of the Magna Charta is in the church library. The clock on the north gate of the church is one of the oldest functioning clocks in Europe.

Minster of Cuthberga
This 8th century abbey is located in the old market town of Wimborne Minster, which also has pretty Georgian houses.

Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral was built from the 11th century. The construction was delayed by a fire in the 12th century and was only completed after 600 years. The cathedral offers an impressive sight through the splendor of colors of the medieval stained glass windows, the columns and the round arches.

St. Augustine’s Abbey
St. Augustine’s Abbey is just a few hundred meters east of Canterbury Cathedral and is now in ruins. It was originally as big as the cathedral, but was destroyed in the course of the Reformation.

St. Martin’s Church
St. Martin’s Church, east of Canterbury, is a graceful sacred building and the oldest church in England.

Rochester Cathedral
The impressive Rochester Cathedral dates back to an Anglo-Saxon church, but was expanded in the early English style during the 13th century. The figures on the west portal and the Gundulf Tower to the left of the main entrance are particularly worth seeing.

Cathedral of Our Lady & St. Philip Howard

The architect Joseph Hanson built this eye-catching sacred building from 1868 on the basis of French Gothic cathedrals.

Chichester Cathedral Chichester
Cathedral was built from 1075 onwards. It has the only preserved bell tower (“Campanile”) from the 15th century. In the north aisle is the famous glass window by Marc Chagall.

St. Peter’s Cathedral in Exter
St. Peter’s Cathedral in the modern university city of Exeter was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. It houses an astronomical clock and a choir decorated with mythological figures.

Pramonstratensian Abbey in Torquay
The Pramonstratensian Abbey in Torquay from 1196 had already collapsed, but was partially rebuilt and is now used as an art gallery.

Glastonbury Abbey

This formerly important abbey was built as a small chapel in the 12th century and has been expanded continuously. Today its ruins stand in the middle of a park in Glastonbury.

Wells Cathedral

St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Wells was built from 1180 onwards. It is twice as wide as it is high. The interior was furnished in the style of the English Gothic, the astronomical clock from 1390 is particularly worth seeing.

St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church in Bristol
The Gothic parish church of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol was, as the name suggests, built on the red cliffs above Bristol Harbor and has long been visited by seafarers and merchants. Due to a statement made by Queen Elizabeth I, it has been one of the most beautiful parish churches in England since the 16th century.

Bristol Cathedral Bristol
Cathedral was originally an Augustinian monastery and was built in 1140 in the Norman style. Since then it has been expanded many times and combines several architectural styles.

Bath Abbey in Bath
The imposing Bath Abbey in the Georgian town of Bath, which is entirely a listed building, was built in the English late Gothic style after a Saxon abbey and a Norman cathedral had already stood on the same site. The fan vaults in the central aisle and in the aisles are particularly impressive.

Bath Abbey in Bath