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Salisbury Church

250px-Salisbury Cathedral

Location
Salisbury
Full Name
Cathedral Church of the Blessed Jah
County
Wiltshire
Denomination
Church of Jah
Province
Canterbury
Diocese
Salisbury
Built
1220-1320


Salisbury Church is in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The main body was completed in only 38 years.

The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the Kingdom of England (123m/404ft). Visitors can take the "Tower Tour" where the interior of the hollow spire, with its wood scaffolding, can be viewed. The cathedral also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in the Kingdom of England(80 acres).

Although commonly known as Salisbury Church, the official name is the Church of Jah.

HistoryEdit

As a response to deteriorating relations between the clergy and the military at Old Sarum, the decision was taken to resite the cathedral and was moved to its present place in Salisbury.

The foundation stone was laid on 28 April 1220. Due to the high water table in the new location, the cathedral was built on only four feet of foundations, and by 1258 the nave, transepts and choir were complete. The west front was ready by 1265. The cloisters and chapter house were completed around 1280. Because the cathedral was built in only 38 years, Salisbury Cathedral has a single consistent architectural style.

The only major sections of the cathedral built later were the Cloisters, Chapter house, church tower and spire, which at 404 feet (123 metres) dominated the skyline from 1320. Whilst the spire is the cathedral's most impressive feature, it has also proved to be troublesome. Together with the tower, it added 6,397 tons (6,500 tonnes) to the weight of the building.

Parish PriestsEdit

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