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King's College Chapel, Cambridge

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Home to the world's largest fan vault, King's College Chapel is one of the finest examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture. This chapel to King's College of the University of Cambridge houses some of the finest medieval stained glass in the world, created by Flemish artisans from 1515 to 1531. A glance above the altar reveals a masterpiece: "The Adoration of the Magi," originally painted by Rubens in 1634. The Renaissance rood screen, erected in 1532 by King Henry VIII, creates a striking contrast to the Perpendicular Gothic chapel. This active house of worship is home to the King's College Choir due to its splendid acoustics. Hours differ depending on the college term and special events that may close the doors. Put King's College Chapel and other Cambridge attractions into our Cambridge vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Just stunning is how you describe Kings College Cambridge. Steeped in history the architecture is both stunning and immaculate. Backing onto the Backs of the river Cam the setting is idyllic. Much mor...  more »
  • Well worth a visit and not the usual tourist traffic. Can even sit quietly for a prayer or take on the immense beauty and history  more »
  • This large perpendicular Gothic style university chapel was planned by King Henry VI (1421-71) in 1446 and completed under Henry VIII (1491-1547) in1515 and is located in the center of Cambridge. The ...  more »
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  • Wonderful chapel full of beautiful architecture. Lovely lady volunteer gave us lots of information about the chapel and the dark oak wooden screen, dedicated by Henry V11 to his wife Anne Boleyn
  • Amazing college with a big and fancy design 😂. Overall this chapel really worth visiting
  • The highlight of our visit to Cambridge, the evensong was a sheer delight in this jewel of a chapel. Truly memorable.
  • It took five kings nearly a century to build. And it shows​. King's College Chapel is one of the most impressive buildings on earth.
  • The building is amazing and very breathtaking. The choral evensong is very good and a must to see on a visit

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Where to stay in Cambridge

With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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