This post was most recently updated on October 31st, 2017
Construction of the Cathedral
It was William the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England, who gave the go-ahead for the building of the Durham Cathedral we see today. Construction began in 1093 and over the course of the next 47 years, the majority of the cathedral was built.
Additional chapels were added in the 1170s (Galilee Chapel) and 1220s (Chapel of Nine Altars) and towers were added at some point in the early 1200s.
Today, Durham Cathedral is the oldest surviving building with a stone-vaulted ceiling on such a magnificent scale. Its design and construction altered the course of architectural development in Europe.