Cathedral sights in Northeast England
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This exquisite cathedral is the definitive structure of the Anglo-Norman Romanesque style, one of the world's greatest places of worship and, since 1986, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
It's an overwhelming building with an unusually solid, fortified appearance: it may have been built to pay tribute to God and to house the bones of local St Cuthbert, but it needed to be strong enough to withstand attack by Scots and Saxons unimpressed with the arrival of the Normans some years earlier.
Beyond the main door – and the famous (and much-reproduced) Sanctuary Knocker, which medieval felons would strike to gain 37 days asylum within the cathedral before standing trial or…