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St Albans Cathedral
This blog briefly describes the origins of the City of St Albans and the beautiful Cathedral on which the City is founded.

Alban was Britainís first Christian Martyr and was originally a Roman soldier based at the nearby encampment of Verulamium. He converted to Christianity after hearing the teachings of a local priest named Amphibalus.
A period of roman persecution led soldiers to search for priests and Alban, after having assisted the priest to escape by exchanging cloaks, was arrested and condemned to death.

Alban was beheaded at the top of a nearby hill and legend has it that the executioners eyes dropped out as the axe fell. Albanís head is reputed to have rolled down the hill and at the spot where it came to rest, a spring of water appeared. The spring became a place of healing and a church and shrine were founded on this spot. The hill was aptly named Holy-well Hill and the road exists today as does the water spring. Alban was probably buried in the Roman cemetery. Around 800AD the original church became a Benedictine monestary. Work commenced in 1077AD to rebuild a much larger Abbey. This was at the location of the present cathedral. It was built to a Norman style and the original square tower can still be seen. Nicholas Breakspear, the only English Pope there has been, was a novice at the Abbey.

After the dissolution of the Monastaries, the Abbey was neglected for 200 years. In 1689, Royal grants and public subscriptions enabled restoration and Lord Grimthorpe (who designed Big Benís clock mechanism) donated much of the £130,000 cost.

This iconic place of worship has the longest nave in Britain and Robert Runcie was Bishop of St Albans from 1970 to 1980 before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury. The shrine to St Alban is open to visitors at St Albans Cathedral and has been voted as one of the UKís top 5 spiritual places in a poll by the BBC. Further reading can be found at www.stalbanscathedral.org

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 View of the West entrance.
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 Looking East along the 109m nave towards the Altar. 
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 Details of the organ and the East window beyond 
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 The high Altar. Note the arches are different on the left and right. A partial collapse meant the piers on the South side (seen right on picture) were rebuilt 
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 Statues include St Alban, St Amphibalus and Martin Luther King 
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 The altar at St Albans Cathedral 
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 The choir seating behind the Altar screen. St Albans Cathedral. 
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 The Wallingford screen with Apostles 
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 Wallingford screen detail. 
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 The rose screen in the North transept 
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 Detail of St Albans Cathedral tower showing the ornate designs and coats of arms 
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 Close up detail of the ceiling which commemorates the war of the roses 
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 The Shrine of St Alban 
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 Another view of the Shrine 
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 The Lady Chapel in the East transept 
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 The stained glass window in the Lady Chapel 
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 Masonry details in the Shrine. The shrine was rededicated by the Queen Mother in 1993 
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 Another detail of the stonemasonry by the shrine 
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 The roof detail above the Wallingford screen 
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 Detail of the Cathedra. This is the official seat of the Bishop and is Latin for 'seat'. This is the origin of the word Cathedral. 
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