St Edmundsbury Cathedral

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral information

Bury St Edmunds , United Kingdom
St James, Angel Hill
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Completed in 2005, the 45m-high Millennium Tower is a vision in Lincolnshire limestone, and its traditional Gothic-style construction gives a good idea of how the towers of many other English cathedrals must have looked fresh from the stonemason's chisel.

Most of the rest of the building is from the early 16th century, though the eastern end is postwar 20th-century, and the northern side was completed in 1990. 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 in the cellar for a glimpse of church silver and ornate medieval Bibles.

For a more in-depth insight into the church's history and heritage join one of the guided tours of the cathedral.