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Dec 26 2014

The Round Church in Cambridge

I visited Cambridge (England) earlier in the year while I was working for a summer school.  During a wander around the city, I came across this church: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  I chose it as this week’s Foto Friday for two reasons: Firstly, it is one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge and, secondly, because of its unusual shape.The Round Church in Cambridge

This 12th century church is one of only four medieval round churches still in use in England.  It is known locally as the Round Church and I’d imagine it’s a great place to orientate yourself in the city.

It was the Normans who brought this design to Europe after seeing a similar church in Jerusalem of the same name.  It was originally built as a chapel on the main Roman road and later became a parish church.

I only saw the church from the outside, so I didn’t see its interior nor the exhibition on the impact of Christianity in England.  That, however, is an option if it is of interest to you.


This is where the round church in Cambridge is located:

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Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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