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Manchester Cathedral, Manchester

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#1 of 17 in Historic Sites in Manchester
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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Despite its outward appearance, Manchester Cathedral is one of oldest churches in Europe with roots established around 700 CE. Hidden pieces of art give it a whimsical feel. For example, check out the quire stalls, which have hinged seats that you’re welcome to lift gently. Directly underneath are carvings of medieval morality tales. In one, a woman scolds a man for breaking a cooking pot; another depicts men playing table games. Call the church office before visiting to ensure there are not any conflicting events. Put Manchester Cathedral into our Manchester trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Manchester.
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  • I stopped in after reading the history of the cathedral, and it was a pleasant experience! Although the cathedral was destroyed several times, the historic charm remains! Enjoyed walking around and... 
    I stopped in after reading the history of the cathedral, and it was a pleasant experience! Although the cathedral was destroyed several times, the historic charm remains! Enjoyed walking around and...  more »
  • A lovely building, which belies its age. There are fascinating information boards and pictures throughout, but I wasn't keen on the modern stained glass. 
    A lovely building, which belies its age. There are fascinating information boards and pictures throughout, but I wasn't keen on the modern stained glass.  more »
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  • I would like to say a big thank you to the wonderfully welcoming , knowledgeable and informative guide here she gave me more information than I could possibly remember thank you . Manchester Cathedral or Collegiate Church of St Mary St Denys and St George is fantastic . You have not just one but fourteen guardian angels watching over you here , magnificent carvings on the nave roof . Each serenading you with a different golden medieval instrument . If that's not enough for you there is a mighty organ that I am sure can blast out a tune or two . I went to two services here in one day and enjoyed them both . I was made to feel nothing other than welcome which I find rather unusual in this day and age . I have been meaning to get here a long time but being of a nervous disposition was a bit worried . Anyone else feeling the same i found the park and ride easy and stress free but I certainly would not try driving into the center of Manchester unless extremely confident . I desperately wanted to light a candle for a loved one here and am so pleased to have finally done it . If I was to give you what3words for this magnificent Cathedral they would be Welcoming.Beautiful.Peace.
  • Love the architecture at least from what I saw from outside. My next visit for sure will go inside. The relics on the entrances, the details on the walls and aging pillars and walls are just amazing. It's surprising to compare building designs of churches today verses back in the early period. Today we don't care nor pay any attention to details when it comes to architecture and we call them modern and sophisticated with big empty walls and rooms which we so call minimalism.

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