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Durham Cathedral

The Shrine of St Cuthbert

ISBN: 9781785510861
Size: 250 x 210 mm / 9¼ x 8¼ in.
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 56
Images: 106

UK £5.00 / US $6.95

DESCRIPTION

Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. Set grandly on a rocky promontory next to Durham Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping around, the profile of this World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable. Started in 1093 and dedicated to Cuthbert, a Saxon saint, the cathedral was a pioneering building – which makes the 40 or so years it took to complete an astonishing achievement. The cathedral was a fitting symbol of the power of the Norman prince bishops, who were charged by the king to defend the realm from the constant threat of invasion. Perched on its rocky peninsula next to a great Norman fortification, the cathedral therefore spoke of human as well as divine power. This beautifully illustrated guide introduces the reader to the glories of Durham, and features the newly opened ‘Open Treasure’ exhibition.

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"This short book, crammed full of beautiful pictures which show the cathedral off at its best, provides a fascinating insight into a true 'beacon of the north' and will enrich any visits, both past or future"
The Journal

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