Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire

Internally, Ely is perhaps the most beautiful of all the British cathedrals. Its highly unusual lantern creates a stunning use of space which was only utilised when the old central tower collapsed in 1322. Most of the present building is Norman and the arched decoration on the south-west transept is quite striking. The highly carved Prior's Door is also of this period. The light and airy lady chapel is quite separate from most of the church. Sadly there is nothing left of St. Etheldreda's Saxon Church. She was Queen of Northumbria and founded Ely Cathedral in AD 673 when she fled to safety there from her husband who wished to consummate their marriage!

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