Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Hereford[1] in Hereford, England.

Hereford Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin
and Saint Ethelbert the King
Hereford Cathedral from the north-west
Hereford Cathedral
Shown within Hereford
LocationHereford, Herefordshire
DenominationChurch of England
Previous denominationRoman Catholic
TraditionBroad church
Previous cathedrals1
StyleGothic (Early English)
Years built1079-c.1250
Length342 ft (104.2m)
Nave length158 ft (48.2m)
Choir length75 ft (22.9m)
Nave width73 ft (22.3m)
Width across transepts256 ft (78m)
Height165 ft (50.3m)
Nave height64 ft (19.5m)
Choir height62 ft (19m)
Number of towers1
Tower height165 ft (50.3m)
DioceseHereford (since 680)
DeanSarah Brown
PrecentorAndrew Piper
ChancellorChris Pullin
Director of musicGeraint Bowen

A place of worship has existed on the site of the present building since the 8th century or earlier. The present building was begun in 1079.[2] Substantial parts of the building date from both the Norman and the Gothic periods. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building.[3]

The cathedral has the largest library of chained book in the world, its most famous treasure being the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world created around 1300 by Richard of Holdingham.[2] The map is listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.[2]

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