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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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  • Took some friends to visit King's College Chapel and we all loved it. The detailed architecture blew us away. The volunteers were friendly and explained us a bit about the chapel's history.  more »
  • Parked on The Backs and walked through the lovely grounds - usual crocus and Cillas not as good as usual because the ground had obviously been dug up for some unknown but I am sure valid reason but in...  more »
  • A must see for anyone visiting Cambridge. Incredible vaulted ceiling, carved choir stalls, stained glass windows and stone carving. Don't miss it. Very famous view of the Chapel from the riverside  more »
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  • Nice, but not THE nicest. To be fair, the chapel is beautiful; imposing from the outside and stunning from the inside, it is definitely worth the time (and the price!), but it is not by far the nicest chapel in Cambridge; some of the smaller, hidden gems, though less grand, are aesthetically much more pleasing; of similar style, the St. John's College Chapel is less kitchy, but still beautiful. The Trinity Chapel is also very nice, and so is that of Corpus Christy, but I think Selwyn Chapel is the prettiest among those of similar aesthetics. Churchill also deserves a mention, if one has an eye for the more modern.
  • Stunning and full of amazing stained glass giving it an airy feel. Endowed by mad old Henry VI. Go on a weekday morning for less crowds. Worth the £9.
  • we only saw it from the outside but it is one stunning building. if you go punting you'll get great views from the back and walking you can get wonderful views from the front. one of the most famous sights to see in cambridge.
  • Wasting money. If I have to pay for visiting a kind of church, I would go to York or Madrid. It's a nice Chapel but not enough to paying money.
  • really nice view, but really poor stuff give me a bad memory for this trip. visitors do not deserve such poor service on such overprice ticket.