The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is an Anglican church, locally known as the Round Church (for its shape), and is Cambridge's 2nd oldest building. It was originally built by the Fraternity of the Holy Sepulchre in 1130, and remains one of the four medieval round churches that are still used in England today. The round shape of the church was inspired by the design of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
In the 13th century, many alterations were made to the church, including the creation of a north aisle. Over the 15th and 17th centuries, many more alterations were made, including the destruction of the images of the idols, the addition of a polygonal bell-storey and the replacement of the Norman windows with more Gothic style panes. These Gothic windows were however, swapped back for their Norman counterparts in 1841, when the Cambridge Camden Society appointed Anthony Salvin to carry out repairs. Mr Salvin repairs were estimated to cost around £1,000 (£70,000 today) but ended up costing four times that (£290,000 today)!
By 1994, the Church of the Holy Sepulchres congregation had grown too big for its round building, and had to be moved to the Church of St Andrew the Great. It has since been made a Grade I listed building, and is open to visitors, who are able to view its exhibition on 'The Impact of Christianity in England', as well as the churches library, and the concerts, recitals and plays it hosts.
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