Winchester Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity,[2] Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Swithun,[3] commonly known as Winchester Cathedral, is the cathedral of the city of Winchester, England, and is among the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Winchester and is the mother church for the ancient Diocese of Winchester. It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of Winchester.

Winchester Cathedral
Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, St Peter, St Paul and St Swithun
View of the long nave, central tower and west end.
Winchester Cathedral
Location within Hampshire
51°3′38″N 1°18′47″W
LocationWinchester, Hampshire
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Previous denominationRoman Catholic
Heritage designationGrade I
Designated24 March 1950[1]
StyleNorman, Gothic
Years built1079–1532
Groundbreaking1079; 944 years ago (1079)
Length558 ft 1 in (170.1 m)
Nave width82 feet (25 m) (including aisles)
Nave height78 feet (24 m)
Floor area53,480 square feet (4,968 m2)
Tower height150 feet (46 m)
Bells14 + sharp 4th and flat 8th
Tenor bell weight35 long cwt 2 qr 6 lb (3,982 lb / 1,806 kg)
DioceseWinchester (since c. 650)
Bishop(s)Debbie Sellin (acting)
DeanCatherine Ogle
PrecentorAndy Trenier (& Sacrist)
ChancellorRoland Riem (Vice-Dean & Pastor)
Canon(s)Gary Philbrick
Canon MissionerDr Tess Kuin Lawton

The cathedral as it stands today was built from 1079 to 1532 and is dedicated to numerous saints, most notably Swithun of Winchester. It has a very long and very wide nave in the Perpendicular Gothic style, an Early English retrochoir, and Norman transepts and tower. With an overall length of 558 feet (170 m), it is the longest medieval cathedral in the world,[4] and only surpassed by the more recent churches of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City and the Basilica of Our Lady in Aparecida. With an area of 53,480 square feet (4,968 m2),[5] it is also the sixth-largest cathedral by area in the UK, surpassed only by Liverpool, St Paul's, York, Westminster (RC) and Lincoln.

A major tourist attraction, the cathedral attracted 365,000 visitors in 2019, an increase of 12,000 from 2018.[6]

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