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My three favourite cathedrals - Simon Jenkins

Features | By Simon Jenkins

Once the tallest building in the world: 13th-century Lincoln Cathedral

Simon Jenkins travelled across Europe to find the best cathedrals, but his heart still lies with Lincoln, Ely and Wells

The English cathedral is one religious institution in rude good health. Parish churches die by the week. Congregations shrink. The young are vanishing. But, lockdowns apart, most cathedrals are booming. Their worshippers have increased by a third over the past two decades, and that does not include tourists. The reasons are variously attributed to the cathedrals’ promotion of music, their secular activities in the community and even their relative anonymity. As one dean confided to me, ‘We try not to bang on about God.’ ...


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