Winchester Cathedral – A Must-Obtainable Souvenir from United Kingdom
Winchester Cathedral is a cathedral in the Church of England in Winchester, Hampshire. This cathedral is one of the largest in England and hence an acrylic Fridge Magnet of this Winchester Cathedral is a wonderful souvenir to obtain. The cathedral is dedicated to the holy trinity – Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Swithun. The cathedral stands at the heart of historic Winchester (which was once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power) on the site of the prior Christian church. The Winchester Cathedral has the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic Cathedral n Europe. One of the main purposes of the Gothic cathedral design was to provide a heavenly experience to give an expression to the Christian beliefs. The Cathedral was commissioned by the most powerful bishops of that time and they appointed technologically sound builders to shape their dream. Some of the important parts to be visited in the cathedral include the Nave, the vault, the North aisle, the north transept, the retro choir and South aisle.
The History of Winchester Cathedral
The massive cathedral that stands at the heart of historic Winchester has not less than 15 centuries of English history behind it. In 635, the King of West Saxon named Cynegils was baptized and a decade later his son Cenwath founded the first Christian Church in Winchester. This small, cross shaped church was called Old Minister and it soon became a cathedral, containing the throne of a Bishop who reigned over a large diocese. By the 10th century, Old Minister became the priority church of the community of Monks and later it was made better and grander by Bishop Aethelwold. However, afterwards England’s Saxon leaders were replaced by New Military power and Old Minister was demolished. The stones of the Old Minister were used to construct the new Cathedral in 1093. In the following centuries, the wealthy and powerful bishops made the cathedral more ornate and sprawling and by the early 16th century, much of today’s structure was completed.