15 of the Most Beautiful Churches in the World

Winchester

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4) Winchester Cathedral, England

There are many cathedrals in England that could be described as breathtaking. Winchester Cathedral has a special status, though. It is the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe and one of the oldest in England. The origins of the cathedral date back to the 7th century (circa 642), with religious communities being established at this early site by the later part of the 10th century. The architectural styles offered in the cathedral include the early pre-Norman influences, as well Norman and Gothic designs. The cathedral is replete with memorial statues and busts, and works of art. Its massive medieval stained glass window was reconstructed, piece by piece, in a totally random fashion, after being destroyed during the Civil War by followers of Cromwell. The 14 church bells of the cathedral are unlike any found in the world with the heaviest weighing approximately 4,000lbs.

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