If you visit Christ Church, the Cathedral is one of the first buildings you come across after crossing the quad. Entry is included in the Christ Church price and it's well worth looking around. It's incredible that this is 'just' a college chapel, as its architecture rivals that of other cathedrals that are famous in their own right.
There are often a couple of people at the door giving out information leaflets. These are well worth having (you should be able to find some near the entrance) as they explain what you can see.
Keep an eye out for:
- Stained glass windows from the 14th and 19th centuries, including a rare surviving portrayal of Thomas Becket, which only survived Henry VIII's order of destruction because the face was removed.
- The shrine: the oldest thing in the cathedral and visited by pilgrims for hundreds of years.
- The statues and memorials all around; including dedications to famous past students at Christchurch (John Locke, Wesley, Pusey and Ruskin amongst them).
- The Chancel Vault - look up at the suspended stars, which represent heaven.
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