Full dedication: Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Became a Cathedral in 1258
Salisbury is one of the great Cathedrals of Europe. It has Britain's tallest spire, an awe-inspiring 404 feet tall.
The original settlement of Salisbury was at nearby Old Sarum, only the foundation of the Cathedral there remains. The whole City was moved in 1220 and a new, larger scale Cathedral was commenced. It was built almost entirely within 38 years - an astonishingly short period of time for such a structure. The spire was added in 1315. It has one of the largest Cathedral closes in the country (which is just as well as you need to get a long way from the Cathedral to even attempt to get it all in a photo!).
The Cathedral contains the oldest clock in England - dating back to 1386. Salisbury is also the home to one of the four copies of the Magna Carta.
The City of Salisbury is built on the confluence of no less than four rivers (Avon, Nadder, Bourne and Wylye) and subsidence has been a serious problem for the Cathedral. Very expensive works were undertaken in the 1970s and 1980s which has recently been completed ensuring this jewel of British architecture will remain in perpetuity.
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