St. Cuthbert, who seems to have gotten about quite a bit during and after his lifetime (see Durham), was once guestmaster at the 7th century Celtic monastery here, but it was not until 1836 that Ripon became a cathedral. The original nave (circa 1180) had no aisles, the only illumination was from the clerestory. There is a Saxon crypt, but the rood screen and the choir stalls with their rich and allegorical carving are the chief interest. Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, is supposed to have been inspired by the strange beasts carved here.
England, HG4 1QS
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Heritage Highlight: Saxon crypt built by St Wilfrid
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