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King’s College Chapel is without a doubt one of the architectural gems of Cambridge. The late Gothic architecture is characteristic of the 1400s, when it was built by King Henry VI. As you approach the chapel, take time to admire the magnificent stonework and architectural genius that went in to building this outstanding building nearly 600 years ago. The fantastic design and intricate carvings are more reminiscent of an astounding cathedral than a chapel. Stop by one of the four corners outside of the chapel to examine the turrets and see if you can find the portcullis and rose of the House of Tudor.

Stop by the small museum at the entrance to get a sense of the history that pervades King’s College Chapel. The first thing you should do once you enter the chapel is look up. Home to the largest fan vault in the world, the exquisite ceiling at King’s College Chapel is without compare. As you wander through the chapel, marvel at the enormous medieval stained glass windows. The most complete set from the early 1500’s; these glorious Flemish glassworks are rare pre-Reformation survivals. Travel to early Renaissance Italy and admire the carved choir screen separating the nave and the chancel, which is often called the most superb piece of Italian work in England! Behind the altar, you can see “The Adoration of the Magi” by Peter Paul Rubens, a wonderful example of Flemish Baroque Art. As you walk throughout the church, see if you can find the graffiti left by Parliament soldiers during the Civil War. It is said the building wasn’t bombed during the war because Cromwell attended Cambridge! There is also a touching memorial to ‘Kings’ Men’ who were killed in the Great War that warrants a look in.

A concert by the world-famous chapel choir is a must if you can schedule your visit around it. With the incredible acoustics within the chapel, it is a religious experience for everyone!


King’s College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST
Tel: (+44) (0)1223 331212
Times: See attraction for specific details.