Around 656 AD a monastery dedicated to St Dunstan was established at Peterborough. That Saxon monastery was destroyed by the Danes in 870 AD, and rebuilt by the Bishop of Winchester. Once again the monastery was destroyed, this time by fire. A new, grand cathedral was built, beginning in 1118. The huge nave, with 11 bays was built 1194-97. The wooden roof is highly decorated with well-preserved 133th century paintings. The unfortunate Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife, was buried here, as was Mary, Queen of Scots.
Minster Precincts, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, PE1 1XS
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