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Exeter Cathedral

Exeter, England, United Kingdom

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24 Nov 2020

About Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is a large, Gothic-style cathedral which was constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries AD.

The site of Exeter Cathedral itself was home to several earlier incarnations, including a 10th century Anglo-Saxon construction and the subsequent Norman cathedral, which was completed in 1180AD.

Although the main body of the current Exeter Cathedral was completed by the mid-14th century, improvements and renovations continued throughout the middle ages and through to the 19th and 20th centuries.

At times of conflict, Exeter Cathedral has often been subject to damage – occurring during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the English Civil War and there was also bomb damage in 1942 from a German bombing raid.

In the 1970s it was revealed that the site of Exeter Cathedral has a heritage stretching back far further than the existing structures. Archaeologists uncovered the remains of one of the best-preserved Roman bath-houses in Britain. However, the Exeter Roman Baths site was re-covered to ensure preservation until such a time when it can be safely opened to the public.

Visitors to Exeter Cathedral can explore its stunning architecture, sculptures and stained-glass windows. The Cathedral Green is also a popular place for relaxing in the sunshine.

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