The Shrine of St Cuthbert
Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. Raised on a rocky promontory, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping around, the profile of this World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable. Started in 1093 and dedicated to Cuthbert, a Saxon saint, the cathedral was a pioneering building – which makes the 40 or so years it took to complete an astonishing achievement. The cathedral was a fitting symbol of the power of the Norman prince bishops, who were charged by the king to defend the realm from the constant threat of invasion. Perched next to the great Durham Castle, the cathedral therefore spoke of human as well as divine power. This beautifully illustrated guide captures the glories of Durham, and features the new ‘Open Treasure’ exhibition.