Although today it’s more immediately recognisable across the world as ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ in the Harry Potter movies, Gloucester Cathedral has been dominating the local landscape since the 7th Century, when it was founded by King Osric, as St Peter’s Abbey.
It was then rebuilt in 1089 by William the Conqueror, who commissioned the Doomsday Book from the Abbey in 1085.
The pretty perpendicular tower to Gloucester’s iconic Cathedral commands all approaches to the City, and announces the spiritual and physical focus for a great English city. The 14th Century built Great Cloister is one of the finest examples of this style in Europe. Its Great East Window is the largest stained glass window in England.
A place of both religion and political significance, the Parliament Rooms were part of a great hall used by Richard II to hold parliament in 1378. The Abbey closed after Henry VIII's dissolution in the 16th Century; but it survived and became a Cathedral, due to its earlier Royal connections.
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