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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to King's College Chapel by using our Cambridge trip planning site .
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  • The grounds of Kings College are beautiful, and it was interesting to see the outside of the college buildings. The only building you can enter is the chapel but it is well worth the admission price.  more »
  • We came here for evensong on an ordinary Friday and found the experience all that we could hope for. I had thought that the quality of King's Choir has been hyped, but I found the singing faultless in...  more »
  • It is quite expensive to visit the chapel but there is a lot to see. I wish I'd had a guided tour. The windows are amazing, as is the carved Tudor symbols. It is worth looking in the side chapels. It ...  more »
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  • The chapel’s architecture is really beautiful. Be sure to walk around the garden to enjoy the sight. Do not miss the stone with the Chinese poet’s carving at the end of the bridge!
  • Really beautiful chapel, showcasing the history behind its contruction throughout the generations. The place is absolutely stunning and would thoroughly recommend when you are visiting in Cambridge. The price is a bit steep but OK if you have a student discount.
  • The architecture of this place is truly mesmerising! The fan vaulting is the undoubted glory of this chapel, and is the tallest fan vaults in the whole of Europe. The construction was started by king Henry VI, but was finished two generations later by Henry the VIII. The chapel which looks more like a church took nearly a century for its competition and played an important during the English civil war in the 16th century. It costs £9 to enter but I guess it's worth it.
  • Beautiful chapel. Marvelous architecture. Has a lot of history attached to the place. Must visit when in Cambridge.
  • 4/5 if you randomly walk in, 6/5 if you are able to catch a concert. Very powerful organ, sounds like you are listening to Led Zepplin, and the children s choir is on point.
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