Ely Cathedral. The Ship of the Fens

The (Short) History

Ely Cathedral in the county of Cambridgeshire, England was founded as an abbey in the 672 by the nun Etheldreda. Destroyed by the Danes, it was refounded in 970.


The cathedral was started in the 11th century by Abbot Simeon and was built with a shrine to honor Etheldreda, though it was damaged in the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. It was refounded in 1541, and restoration began in the 19th century.

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