Cambridge, England

Cambridge
View of The Backs behind King's College, Cambridge. Photo © Sacred Destinations.

The city of Cambridge has been settled since the Bronze Age and was once a Roman town called Duroliponte. Today, it is best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 by students from Oxford. Like its academic rival, Cambridge is home to a number of beautiful and historic college chapels as well as several interesting parish churches. Many of them boast unique architecture and art and have close historical ties with English monarchs.


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King's College Chapel
This Late Gothic chapel is famed for its fine architecture, its rare early 16th-century windows, exquisite fan vaulting, a Renaissance wooden screen, and Rubens altarpiece.
Round Church
Officially named the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Round Church was built around 1130, making it one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge. It is one of only four medieval round churches in England.
St. Mary's University Church
Built from 1478 to 1519, Great St. Mary's (as it is also called) is the primary parish church of Cambridge as well as the university church. It played a significant role in English Reformation history.
Our Lady and the English Martyrs
Built 1885-90, this Roman Catholic church was funded by a ballet dancer. It honors the English Catholics who died during the Reformation, many of whom were members of the University of Cambridge.