Chichester Cathedral

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Chichester, England

Chichester Cathedral Reviews

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Graceful but not outstanding May 04, 2015
In a land full of elegant places of worship, it can be difficult for all but the most awe-inspiring cathedral to attract time-pressed visitors within its walls. Chichester Cathedral, a perfectly fine attraction in its own right, is one of those places that pales in comparison to the UK's finest. Nevertheless, it has enough to recommend it if you have a particular interest in medieval/Anglican/Catholic monuments.

Like many other Cathedrals of its ilk, Chichester's relatively modest exterior belies the sophisticated grandeur within. Free to enter - another reason to visit - the interior is overlooked by its impressive nave, and dotted with ornate tombs. The most famous is arguably the Arundel tomb, which inspired Philip Larkin's poem of the same name. Less ostentatious is the monument to Gustav Holst, but the same cannot be said for the Cathedral's treasury which, quite rightly, is celebrated with a room of its own. Other highlights include the standalone bell tower (no entry) and the remains of a Roman mosaic.

When all's said and done, it's interesting enough for the average visitor, but not somewhere I'd recommend going out of the way to seek out, especially with places like Canterbury and Winchester not too far away. There are other attractions in Chichester itself - such as the Chichester Cross and the Novium Museum - but the same can be said of other Cathedral cities. Worth a look, then, but only if you happen to be in the area.
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