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Carlisle Cathedral
Carlisle, East Cumbria

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Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral stands proudly as a monument to it's turbulent history. Magnificently constructed from red sandstone it is as eye catching as it is interesting. Visitors can marvel at the amazing architecture, explore the history and enjoy some of the wonderful treasures and relics on display. 

The Magnificent Carlisle Cathedral is 900 years old. It has a striking red sandstone exterior and a war scarred tower, reminders of the violent historical conflict between the English and the Scots, making it look more like a castle  than a church.

The earliest parts of the church date back to 1123 when the Augustinian order took over. The choir aisles are late 13th century and the transepts and tower date from the 15th century. The stunning east window believed to be the work of Ivo de Ragheton is one of the best examples of decorated tracery anywhere.

Inside the Cathedral the now renovated barrel-vaulted ceiling above the wonderfully carved choir stalls is painted in vivid blue with gold trim. Carvings representing the months of the year adorn the choir columns. Medieval paintings representing the life and times of saints and apostles can be seen in the north and south aisles.

The story of Christianity in Cumbria can be read in the fine display of silver artefacts and other treasures to be found in the Cathedral treasury.


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Carlisle Cathedral
7 The Abbey
Castle Street
01228 548 151
01228 547 049

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