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Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Minster Yard / Lincoln / LN2 1PX/ United Kingdom.

RELIGIONS Protestant


Lincoln Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln and sometimes St Mary's Cathedral, in Lincoln, England, is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Lincoln.nConstruction commenced in 1072 and continued in several phases throughout the medieval period. It was the tallest building in the world for 238 years (1311–1548. The cathedral is the third largest in Britain (in floor area) at around 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft), after St Paul's and York Minster. nLincoln Cathedral offers a wide range of facilities for worshippers and visitors. A day out at Lincoln Cathedral could be part of a day trip to the city or part of a longer break.
Remigius built the first Lincoln Cathedral on the present site, finishing it in 1092 and then dying on 7 May of that year, two days before it was consecrated. nnIn 1124, the timber roofing was destroyed in a fire. Alexander (bishop, 1123–48) rebuilt and expanded the cathedral, but it was mostly destroyed by an earthquake about forty years later, in 1185 . The earthquake was one of the largest felt in the UK: it has an estimated magnitude of over 5. The damage to the cathedral is thought to have been very extensive: the Cathedral is described as having "split from top to bottom"; in the current building, only the lower part of the west end and its two attached towers remain of the pre-earthquake cathedral. nnAfter the earthquake, a new bishop was appointed - Hugh de Burgundy of Avalon, France, who became known as St Hugh of Lincoln. He began a massive rebuilding and expansion programme. nnAfter some major restorations it is believed some mistakes in the support of the tower occurred, for in 1237 the main tower collapsed. A new tower was started and in 1255 the Cathedral petitioned Henry III to allow them to take down part of the town wall to enlarge and expand the Cathedral, including the rebuilding of the central tower and spire and building a larger chapel to handle the increasing number of pilgrims coming to the Cathedral.nnBetween 1307 and 1311 the central tower was raised to its present height of 271 feet (83 m). nnHugh of Wells, Bishop of Lincoln, was one of the signatories to Magna Carta and for hundreds of years the cathedral held one of the four remaining copies of the original, now securely displayed in Lincoln Castle.nnThe Lincoln Magna Carta was on display at the British Pavilion during the 1939 New York World's Fair. In March 1941, the Foreign Office proposed that the Lincoln Magna Carta be gifted to the United States, citing the "many thousands of Americans who waited in long queues to view it". In 2009 the Lincoln Magna Carta was lent to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. There are three other surviving copies; two at the British Library and one at Salisbury Cathedral.
The cathedral welcomes everyone and strongly encourage you, whatever your own beliefs or background, to join them by taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to empty yourself of care and reflect on the wonder and vastness of this magical place, whilst listening to some of the most exquisite music to be heard anywhere in the world.
Lincoln Cathedral runs a Theological Network to support open theological engagement between church, scholarship and society and provide an opportunity in Lincoln to hear respected and published theologians of all denominations and faiths. It operates as an ‘open’ network without specific affiliation to any Church or faith group. Some people who attend claim no religious faith but are interested in the place religion has in society and current thought.
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Lincoln Cathedral offers opportunities for school groups to explore many areas across the curriculum.nAs part of the Heritage Lottery funded Lincoln Cathedral Connected project, a brand new Learning Centre is due to open in 2020. This will result in greater capacity and a much wider range of opportunities for school visits. Working towards this new venture, school visits to Lincoln Cathedral are changing this year and are now able to offer a wider range of experiences and activities, making a visit more relevant than ever.nAs well as Church Schools Festivals, they are introducing Cathedral ‘Wow’ Days which are available to book by contacting the Education Team. Throughout the school year they offer guided tours, some of the which are interactive, with props and dressing-up and there are additional subject-related craft activities that you can add to your visit.


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    This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.