Photo: BARRIE TUMBRIDGE
Ely Cathedral has its origins in 672 A.D., when Saint Etheldreda built an Abbey Church. The present building dates back to 1083, and Cathedral status was granted it in 1109. Until The Reformation, it was the Church of Saint Etheldreda and Saint Peter, at which point it was re-Founded as The Cathedral Church of The Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely, continuing as the principal Church of The Diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England.
It is the Seat of The Bishop of Ely and a Suffragan Bishop, the Bishop of Huntingdon. Architecturally, it is outstanding, both for its scale and stylistic details. Having been built in a monumental Romanesque Style, the Galilee Porch, Lady Chapel and Choir were rebuilt in an exuberant Decorated Gothic Style. Its most famous feature, however, is the central Octagonal Tower, with Lantern, above, which provides a spectacular Internal space and, along with The West Tower, gives a unique Exterior landmark that dominates the surrounding landscape.
The Lady Chapel,
Photo: 29 July 2014.
Source: Own work.
Attribution: "Photo by DAVID ILIFF.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0".