King's College : Michelin's recommendations
Built between 1446 and 1515, the Chapel is the final and most glorious consecration of Gothic Perpendicular style. Turner painted it, Wordsworth dedicated three sonnets to it and Wren, marvelling at the largest single-span vaulted roof that had ever existed, offered to make one himself if only someone would tell him where to lay the first stone. The dimensions suggest a cathedral chancel rather than a college chapel. The side chapels and doors emphasise the height of the 22 buttresses which take the weight of the roof. The 12-baynave, designed by John Wastell, rises up on stonework so slender that it forms a mere frame to the 25 stained-glass windows (16C), illustrating episodes from the Old and New Testaments. Note the splendid early Renaissance screen and stalls, designed by foreign craftsmen and Rubens' Adoration of the Magi. The Chapel choir is of international repute: the boy choristers are trained at a special choir school, affiliated to the College.
- Address : King's Parade GB - Cambridge CB2 1STCB2 1STCambridge
- Phone : 01223331100
- Website : http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk
- Prices : free of charge
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