It may appear relatively modern due to extensive refurbishment since its original construction, but the majestic Manchester Cathedral has a fascinating history. Evidence has been found suggesting that an early Saxon church was built on this very spot around 700AD. In 1215 the construction of a parish church began, and 200 years later a collegiate church was also established. The nave was reportedly built around this tie as well, and the chantry chapels came into existence in the early 16th century. It wasn't until 1847 that the church became a cathedral, and the Diocese of Manchester was created.
Nearly 100 years later, in 1940, a German World War II bomb caused extensive damage to the building, resulting in a restoration project that lasted almost 20 years. But these days, the Cathedral is alive and well, an impressive symbol of Manchester's resilience and strength in the face of hardship.
The cathedral Museum is free to visit, with a £1 fee for taking photos. However, the cathedral does welcome donations as it costs a whopping £2000+ to maintain per day!
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Entry to Cathedral
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