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St Edmundsbury Cathedral information
The 45m-high tower of this cathedral was only completed in 2005 and is a vision in Lincolnshire limestone – its traditional Gothic-style construction conveys how many English cathedrals must have looked fresh from the stonemason's chisel. Most of the building is early 16th century, though the eastern end is post-1945. The overall effect is light and lofty, with a gorgeous hammerbeam roof and a striking sculpture of the crucified Christ by Dame Elisabeth Frink in the north transept.
The impressive entrance porch has a tangible Spanish influence, a tribute to Abbot Anselm (1121–48), who opted against pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in favour of building a church dedicated to St James (Santiago in Spanish) right here. Stop by the Treasury (open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, to 3pm October through April) in the crypt for a glimpse of church silver and ornate medieval Bibles.
Free, 30-minute guided tours (11am Monday to Saturday, May to September) provide an in-depth insight into the cathedral's heritage.