Durham Cathedral was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert (evangelizer of Northumbria) and the Venerable Bede.

It attests to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England.

The innovative audacity of its vaulting foreshadowed Gothic architecture. Behind the cathedral stands the castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham.

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Durham Castle and Cathedral

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Region
Europe
Country
UK and Ireland 
Category
Cultural
Name
Durham Castle and Cathedral
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)(vi)
Year of Registered
1986
Keyword
Castle, Cathedral, Registered in 1986