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The lovely romanesque nave and transept cannot prepare the visitor for the surprise awaiting them: the splendid Decorated gothic apse, the fabulous Chapel of the Virgin Mary and a 14C masterpiece, the octagon. The cathedral was begun in 1083; in 1250, the original romanesque apse was rebuilt with Purbeck marble. After the romanesque cross tower fell down in 1322, Alan of Walsingham designed the famous octagon, a triumph of medieval ingenuity.

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  • Apr-Oct: 7am-6.30pm; rest of year: 7am-6.30pm, Sun 7am-5.30pm - Stained glass museum Easter-end Oct: 10.30am-5pm, Sat 10.30am-5.30pm, Sun noon-6pm; rest of year: 10.30am-5pm, Sun noon-4.30pm

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